Moon Race Roundup: Past, Present, Future
The past, present, and future are coming together to create the second space age.
By Nick Azer on July 18, 2014
This week, on the road to the Moon...
The past, present, and future for space are coming together---around the Moon:
Google Lunar XPRIZE Penn State Lunar Lion 's leader, Michael Paul, joined an epic panel above for a great discussion of the genesis of this new space era. It's an hour, but an A+ discussion of where we're going, why, and how we're getting there!
Meanwhile, Michael's students were hard at work getting to the Moon (as RocketSTEM featured in detail; Mojave Desert tests coming later this year!):
Sharing a video of the trials, tribulations, and successes they're having as they make the second spage age happen in Central Pennsylvania:
And what, exactly, is this 'second space age'? Will Pomerantz, VP of Special Projects at Virgin Galactic (and former Google Lunar XPRIZE director!) explained:
Let's do this!
What inspired people like Will, Michael, and others to shoot for the Moon? Apollo played a large part, as Bob Richards of Moon Express explained for Buzz Aldrin's #Apollo45 storytelling project:
Meanwhile, Penn State weren't the only ones sitting down for an in-depth chat, as SpaceIL talked with OurCrowd about the challenges of private space efforts:
If you love these kind of in-depth talks, join us for our next Team Hangout, as we chat live with Google Lunar XPRIZE Judge Derek Webber and Stellar 's awesome Apollo veteran, Robert Brand, about what's at Apollo now, the Apollo 45th anniversary, and more!
And, last but not least, we had a pretty cool guy come to hang out at our offices---the one and only George Takei!:
Pretty epic---just like the competition he was here for: the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE. Inspiring teams to create a real-life Tricorder device; a must-see!
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