Moon Roundup: Robot Olympics

Moon Roundup: Robot Olympics

Team robots took on fresh challenges, including sand dunes---and each other!

This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE...


Two robots teamed up to take on some big challenges---including cliffs (sort of)!---while the other teams busted myths and explored Moon rover technology:

Rapelling Rover

Team Hakuto  showed of their cool new rappelling system, with their small TETRIS robot using a rope to scale down a sand dune, while the MOONRAKER robot kept hold:

Student Staredown

Meanwhile, Team Indus  took a closer look at the robots---all built by students---that are competing for a place on their Moon mission:

Busting Myths?

Moon Express  was visited by Mythbusters stars Kari Byron and Tory Belleci:

"I woke up so inspired by the passion and excitement I saw at @Moon_Ex yesterday. They are the reason kids should want to get into #STEM." -Kari Byron, Mythbusters

Looking Around

Meanwhile, Astrobotic  took a look at the construction and design of their robot's Moon camera:

40m is Short

While Barcelona Moon  looked at how far Yutu traveled on the Moon, and what that's like compared to what teams have to do to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE:

Last Tests

And Euroluna  talked about their vacuum chamber testing---one of the last steps before sending their Romit-1 spacecraft on a test mission into space:

The Young and the Rocket Scientists

While, last but not least, the wacky young rocket scientists of Penn State Lunar Lion  were at it again, this time terrorizing the student HUB while posing the question: if the student HUB was a rocket, what planet would you go to?


I'll be rounding up these news & fun 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 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

[February 26th-March 4th, 2014.]

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