Moon Race Roundup: The Open Questions
Exciting & interesting questions about the Moon are explored by the teams---and the media.
By Nick Azer on July 25, 2014
This week, on the road to the Moon…
Who owns the Moon? Can we mine it? What should we do with the Apollo sites?
"We’re coming into an era now where we’re about to reengage the surface of the moon, so it’s opportune to think about these questions.” -Rob Kelso, longtime NASA Manager (Scientific American article on both visiting and preserving Apollo sites)
With the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11, a lot of the exciting & interesting open questions about the Moon are being explored. And the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams are right in the thick of it!
As team Moon Express posted a fun video of the NASA Moon mining competition they sponsored---and talked about a new era of unity:
"I'm hoping for a new era, where other countries as well as commercial entities can help create that sense of unity that existed during Apollo." -Moon Express CEO Bob Richards (NBCNews article)
Space.com posted not only an epic feature on the future of the Moon (including a bunch of the Google Lunar XPRIZE efforts, and everything else that's happening now), but also a piece on can we be, and should we be, mining the Moon? It's an interesting discussion, and you---and the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams---will be helping to lead the way with this over the next 1-10 years!
We also had an open discussion of our own, as the 6th Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangout had competition judge Derek Webber and Team Stellar 's Robert Brand musing with our epic host, Dr. Pamela L. Gay, about Apollo, space communicatons, and more---a fun chat with two distinguished gentlemen & one cool lady:
While Astrobotic met up with MSNBC on 'why the Moon', and all the vast potential the Moon may have:
And Team Stellar posted a great video (with English captions available) about students' efforts in Croatia to get a headstart on science, space, and winning prize money with Stellar's Stratospheric Balloon competition:
The future is now---let's go get people started on some adventures!
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!
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~Nick Azer, resident history nerd/blogger dude/Moon advocate extraordinaire
[July 18th-24th, 2014.]