Lunar Roundup: Rover Action Reel

Lunar Roundup: Rover Action Reel

Brand new rover action, including an actual cave, mountains, and a NASA test gauntlet!

This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE...

Rover action galore, as the robots tackled caves, NASA test beds, and redesigns!:


In one of the coolest rover action videos yet, Part Time Scientists'  rover tackled an actual cave (and other Alpine mountainscapes):

Astrobotic Action

Meanwhile, Astrobotic 's Polaris took to NASA's Glenn center to show some rocks who's boss, and show off other amazing tech capabilities:

Plan B

Team Plan B  went to, well, 'plan B' on some of the features for their unique rover, walking us through the redesign:

Full Time Presentation

Part Time Scientists  also gave one of the better presentations yet, a colloquial and engaging chat about their mission and the Google Lunar XPRIZE:

Meeting Amalia

And showing off even more tech was Italia , with this Italian-language (but render-filled) presentation on their technology:

Hanging Out

Astrobotic  did an in-depth Google Hangout:

3D View

Penn State Lunar Lion  was featured in an article about 3D printing:

Antennas Up

Barcelona Moon  visited a cool antenna facility in Chile (complete with awesome music; Spanish-language):

Why the Moon?

And Moon Express  shared their set of motivations for why they're going back to the Moon:

The One that Got Away

And in a bonus bit of fun, a graphic designer shared a rover concept that was pitched (in 2008), but didn't actually make it into the Google Lunar XPRIZE (a team that didn't materialize). What could have been:

Honorable Mentions:


I’ll be rounding these up every week, so keep an eye here for the best developments from our very own moon race.

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 from the week that didn’t make it in here---share them below!

[May 6-13th, 2013.]

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