Moon Race Roundup: Dream Boldly, and Carry a Big Influence
By Nick Azer on September 29, 2014
Dream boldly, and carry a big influence.
While it was a fairly quiet week around the Google Lunar XPRIZE, those who did ignite the conversation were some of the greatest influencers of our generation!
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who at a Clinton Global Initiative event (with XPRIZE Chairman & CEO Peter Diamandis, above) called out the awesomeness of the Google Lunar XPRIZE (starting at 34:00); and...
Neil deGrasse Tyson, who said considerably more, with part 2 of his StarTalk podcast (alongside comedian Chuck Nice, above; here's part 1) dedicated to XPRIZE, the GLXP, and a chat with the aforementioned Peter Diamandis!
"I'm loving this XPRIZE stuff."
"It could transform how we live." -Neil deGrasse Tyson [Image]
Why are figures like NDGT, Bill Clinton, Buzz Aldrin, and many more catching on to the Google Lunar XPRIZE (and how it could transform space as both an industry, and an attainable destination)?
That's one team, Astrobotic , talking to Fast Company & Hewlett-Packard about their long-term plans to be a commercial delivery service for the Moon. There's a lot of lunar industry (and riches, and history) to be had by those daring enough to reach out and start it; a bright lunar future is within our grasp, and with efforts like India's $74 million national Mars mission, it's becoming proven that space can be done cost-effectively. And that will change things---for good!
India's Mars Orbiter Mission, which arrived at Mars this week having cost only $74 million. Google Lunar XPRIZE teams have budgets anywhere from $36 million for SpaceIL to $60 million for Penn State Lunar Lion .
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 space race! You can also sign up for the XPRIZE newsletter to get exciting innovation news in your inbox, and follow the #GLXP on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook (where yours truly is your community manager for all things awesome happening in space today).
[September 19th-September 26th, 2014.]