Moon Race Roundup: An Art House For The Moon

Moon Race Roundup: An Art House For The Moon

One of the teams has signed up to deliver an art installation---as a 'house'---onto the Moon!

This week, on the road to the Moon...

That there, is an art installation. In the form of a house. On the Moon. To be delivered by Google Lunar XPRIZE team Astrobotic !:

In an effort to change the way we think about space ("breaking mental barriers"), Swedish artist Mikael Genberg and the The Moonhouse Project want to deliver a self-unfolding, robotic art house onto the surface of the Moon!

It'll be at Lacus Mortis---where Astrobotic  will be landing, with several other, as-yet-unannounced Google Lunar XPRIZE teams alongside them. Check out that video above for a great (and inspiring) overview!

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is designed to break barriers, and that definitely qualifies. Why not do 'crazy', epic, cool, artistic new things in space? The Google Lunar XPRIZE---and you---are making it possible!

Meanwhile, in addition to breaking new barriers for art, Astrobotic  was also keeping busy with their robots, gearing up for their Milestone Prizes attempts with a cool first-person-view robot test:

While for more robot action, team Italia  took their 'Ladyfly' spider robot out for a walk:

Pretty awesome. (I want to see that gal tackle some rocks!)

Meanwhile, this week, a whole bunch of the teams were out there engaging the next next generation of Moon explorers: kids! And their efforts to build Moon robots of their own.

First up, Mike Vergalla of Moon Express  was out judging for the NASA Robotics Mining Competition, getting in a lot of great technology---and photos (galleries 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6):

While Team Indus  did their own hangout with MoonBots team Koolbots, and other cool students:

Moon Trek: The Next Generation?

Moon Express ' Brad Kohlenberg was also out there, demonstrating gravity, robots, and the distance to the Moon for a classroom:

While SpaceIL  was talking outreach, including LEGO MoonBots:

And, last but not least, for you techies out there, Plan B  was back with a new update, this time about their communications systems and options:

The scope of this competition continues to grow. Empower STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math)---and exploration, and art---and you can empower the future!


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!

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!

~Nick Azer, resident history nerd/blogger dude/Moon advocate extraordinaire

[May 21st-28th, 2014.]

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