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Moon Race Roundup: Challenges, On!

Moon Race Roundup: Challenges, On!

A race on the Moon, HDTV in space, & more as the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams tackle cool challenges.

This week, on the road to the Moon...

Image: Total's 3D Moon Race ad from 2010. Happening sooner than you think?

There's going to be a race on the Moon soon, if Google Lunar XPRIZE team Astrobotic  has anything to do with it!

They've officially put out their call to carry at least four other Google Lunar XPRIZE teams to the Moon, and have them all race from a starting point!

Astrobotic's Red Rover. Looking for challengers.

Kind of amazeballs! The Moon's an important destnation for lowering the cost of space technology, and a fascinating scientific outpost---but it's also a ton of fun! And it'll be even more fun with a whole bunch of Google Lunar XPRIZE teams out there exploring it together,

This will all be broadcast in HDTV, of course, as imaging is an important part of the competition---not much point in going to the Moon if you're going to send back less-than-Instagram-quality images. And Part Time Scientists  have been hard at work on their imaging systems:

Part Time Scientists' Asimov, with his eyes on the XPRIZE.

What are the challenges of imaging the Moon---and building a worthy HD video system for space? Find out with their blog post!

And they're not the only ones thinking about the Moon. Kids from around the world entered our MoonBots 2014 competition, and to do so, they all submitted videos on why they think we should go back to the Moon.

There's a lot of great reasons, and they'll be the ones vacationing there on the regular when they grow up, so check out this playlist for the top 25 from your future Moon visitors:

And stay tuned as they build epic LEGO moon rovers and duke it out for the title!

And last, but certainly not least this week, we have a new video from Synergy Moon  of their awesome rocket test. Fire + slo-mo =:

Hang with us for more rockets, robots, and epic adventures on the Moon...every week!

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I'll be rounding these up every week---as the teams march forward towards history----so keep an eye here for the latest developments from your moon race!

For the full skinny on *everything* that happens, follow the official feeds for team blogs, team social, and team videos. You can also sign up for the XPRIZE newsletter to get cool PRIZE news in your inbox!

~Nick Azer, resident history nerd/blogger dude/Moon advocate extraordinaire

 [June 13th-19th, 2014.]

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