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Moon Roundup: NASA's Best

Moon Roundup: NASA's Best

Omega Envoy and Astrobotic got their hands dirty with some awesome NASA labs.

This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE…

The teams got out to some pretty incredible NASA labs! Read on to see some of the best new moon technology in action...

The Coolest Lab on the Planet

Omega Envoy  held a Google+ Hangout with the geniuses at Swamp Works!

Right there in the lab, the ultra-cool NASA innovators answered questions and showed off tech, like a new moon robot from NASA (the RASSOR); a 3D printer designed to use Moon dirt; and more:

[Click the image below for a direct timestamp---they had some technical difficulties in the beginning of the one-hour tour.]

Mining the Moon

And for even more NASA lab awesomeness, Astrobotic  headed to NASA's Glenn Research Center for a test of its moon mining:

The Cost of a Mission

The Times of India featured Indus  in an article---listing some cost estimates for their mission!

BBC image.

The article notes that the team’s project will cost ~200 crore rupees---which comes out to around $30 million---and that a launch with the ISRO would cost around 100 crore ($15 million).

A Sweet TV Ad

SpaceIL  released a pretty epic new TV ad for their mission:

A Changing of the Guard

Synergy Moon  announced a new team leader: education veteran Maria Catalina!

A Lion's Share

Penn State Lunar Lion  shared a couple of great videos.

The three intial stages of propulsion design (2D, K'nex model, and drafting):

 

And the announcement that they'll not only be attending NASA's big new moon mission launch (LADEE, on Friday), but also broadcasting it live as a Google+ Hangout:

In Vogue

And Team Stellar  got suave:

While Puli 's rover did the rounds:

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I'll be rounding these up every week, so keep an eye here for the latest developments from the moon race!

And 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!

[August 27th-September 2nd, 2013.]

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