Moon Roundup: CATALYSTs, Sparked!

Moon Roundup: CATALYSTs, Sparked!

NASA sparks two teams with their CATALYST program, while students get inspired---and involved!

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

Teams Astrobotic  and Moon Express  were selected for NASA's Lunar CATALYST!

The program will give the teams NASA expertise & more, as NASA looks to both learn from and support private efforts to the Moon. The Moon is back, in a big way!

Here's videos on the technology of Astrobotic :

And Moon Express , from an earlier NASA partnership:

Speaking of catalysts, sparks of inspiration, and going to the Moon---here's a great video from the fun folks at Penn State Lunar Lion !:

Just part of their everyday schoolwork, nothing major, you know. Powering an elite mission to the Moon. :)

And you don't need a major research university to take on some cool challenges:

That's our own Leo Camacho having a blast at FIRST in St. Louis, a geek-bliss robotics competition. Read all about the adventure in his blog!

Want to build your own LEGO robot, take a selfie with it, and win a trip to Hawaii? Registration for MoonBots is open for several more weeks

Meanwhile, another awesome project has been unfolding in Croatia---team Stellar 's stratospheric balloon launches!

Students have been able to get their experiments onto the balloon---for prizes---and get their work up to stratospheric heights (think Red Bull and the Stratos jump). Here's the complete flight:

And a beautiful shot of the Moon from it:

Pretty epic!

And speaking of epic, some lucky San Diego students got to attend Synergy Moon 's recent NEPTUNE rocket flight:

While the winner of team SpaceIL 's $25,000 video game contest was revealed!

Great projects all around. Want to get involved? Contact your favorite team(s)!


I'll be rounding up these news items every week, so keep an eye here for the latest developments from your moon race!

And for the full skinny on everything that happens, follow the official feeds for team blogsteam social, and team videos. You can also sign up for the XPRIZE newsletter to get cool PRIZE news in your inbox!

~Nick Azer

[April 23rd-April 20th, 2014.]

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