Moon Race Roundup: The Right Orbits
Great new videos from the teams as they do media features and get kids onto a space path!
This week, on the road to the Moon…
Great videos, as teams fired up their robots, their outreach, and the public's imagination!
That there is John Thornton of Astrobotic talking to CBS Pittsburgh about the team's connections to the city, their plans for the Moon (including Moon caves), and a few bits of news!
Thornton notes during the interview that they not only have numerous sponsors lining up to fly on their missions, but that they'll also be delivering payloads to lunar orbit (as well as the surface)!
Lunar orbit, on the way to the Moon's surface. Astrobotic image.
Previously, it was just known that they'd be doing the deliveries to the Moon's surface. Should be exciting to see what kind of payloads end up on their, and other teams', missions! (Start dreaming up your Moon experiment now!)
While university-led team Penn State Lunar Lion got a a feature on Accuweather about how they've come together as a team, a bunch of their plans: Science, technology, engineering, math, and art are all crucial parts of world society---and human progress---and several Google Lunar XPRIZE teams have working hard on bringing new people to those fronts lately!
Omega Envoy , from Florida, introduced a new project with a great video on STEM:
As SpaceIL , from Israel, uploaded a new video of their awesome outreach efforts---with English subtitles:
STEM's an important part of the Google Lunar XPRIZE, and there's always new projects coming along from the teams. Let's inspire the next generation!
Sometimes we do our own projects, as well, such as the epic LEGO MINDSTORMS competition---MoonBots: A Google Lunar XPRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge---which just came to a close for 2014 this week with the announcement of the grand prize winners! Click below to meet the kids getting all kinds of great prizes, including a trip to Hawaii (with their awesome robot):
There's nothing like the challenges of space to fire up inspiration, the imagination, and a little excitement, so stay tuned here every week as we look at the new Moon challenges being presented, and conquered!
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
[August 22nd-28th, 2014.]