Lunar Roundup: Pathways

Lunar Roundup: Pathways

Welcome to this week’s Lunar Roundup! A power rankings-style look at who & what’s been “Awesome!” on the way to the Moon this week.

Pathways were a theme for the week---a lot of interesting takes from folks on how they got into the competition, where they're going, and how they're going to do it. There's even an opportunity for you to join the science wing of a team (Synergy Moon's new sponsorships)! For a great study on how to get into the new space race (and basically be a part of history), check these out!
Your Google Lunar X PRIZE highlights for January 29th-February 4th:


1) Rising Sun!

White Label Space has reorganized---they are now exclusively based in Japan, and have a new team lead!

“Takeshi Hakamada replaces Steve Allen as team leader. Mr Hakamada was a co-founder of the team’s Japan branch and has been manager for all White Label Space operations in Japan.

Former team leader Steve Allen comments: ‘Since its establishment, the Japanese branch of the team has gone from strength to strength and now it’s clear that the future of the team lies in Japan. I would like to thank all of our friends and supporters who’ve brought us this far.’” -Press Release

In addition, they will also no longer be developing their own lunar lander---instead, they'll have their rover hitch a ride on someone else’s. So if anyone’s got a lander with room to spare...

For a look at the team's Japanese tech so far, here's their 2012 Team Summit video:

2) Portland, to Boise, to the Moon!

Moon Express posted an inspiring video of team member Jake Forsberg talking about his inspirations, and the adventures & happenstances that led him to finding his way into this amazing field:


You really would be amazed at the funny ways you can fall into such awesome work! MoonEx also posted a video of Jake talking about his favorite space mission---the Hubble repair:

3) Join the Crew!

Synergy Moon COO Kevin Myrick.

Synergy Moon is giving science folks a chance to join their crew! Up to 50 interested researchers/organizations will be able to:

“...Be part of the science team for planetary science, astronomy, mining engineering, astrophysics, chemical engineering; anyone who has research they want to do on the moon or in near earth space.”

"We are providing this opportunity for just 50 individuals, who will represent themselves or their organizations for just a fraction of the normal cost of participation in interplanetary exploration missions." -Synergy Moon COO Kevin Myrick

If you're interested, see their post for more info! (No mention of the cost, but there is a contact for follow-up.)

4) Rover Parade!

Team Stellar posted an update on their rover testing; they plan to complete several prototypes (including a 1:1 scale) before the upcoming Google Lunar X PRIZE Team Summit in Chile!

Here's a graphic of their game plan:

5) Messaging!

Penn State Lunar Lion's Michael Paul sat down for an informative Q+A, plus a neat video:

“When I worked on the Messenger mission, I realized just how much more there was to learn and to discover.".

Michael Paul.


I’ll be rounding these up on a weekly basis, so keep an eye here for all the most awesome developments.

For the full skinny on everything that happens, follow the official feeds for team blogs, team social, and team videos!

And if you have any favorite stories that I didn’t post here...share ’em in the comments below!

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