Moon Race Roundup: Youth Breaking Barriers

Moon Race Roundup: Youth Breaking Barriers

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

Youth are breaking barriers on the way to the Moon.

Penn State Lunar Lion ---the first university-led Moon mission---has been busy as of late, successfully completing a structure test of their PUMA test craft, and debuting their brand new lab/HQ!:

Not bad for a school project.

The 'uSpace', University-led mission structure is a pretty unique one, and could go a long ways to getting space missions off the ground---for a lot less cost! (Penn State's mission budget is $60 million; the movie 'Gravity' cost $100 million to make, where India's Mars Orbiter Mission cost $74 million). It's a concept that caught the eye of U.S. politican Newt Gingrich, who interviewed team leader Michael Paul on the idea last year:

They're not the only young blood making waves in the competition, though, as Jason Brand---12 year old son of team Stellar's Robert Brand---has been preparing to break the sound barrier!

Goes to show that #GLXP people---even the youngest ones---are pioneers in many walks of life! Dream big, and great things can happen.

Want to hear how folks like these decided to shoot for the Moon? Join us for a live Hangout with team Puli on October 21st, as Dr. Tibor Pacher talks about 'newspace' in Hungary, and what it takes to make your dreams into reality:

There's a lot of inspirational stories to be had out there when it comes to space; keep your eyes to the stars, and you may become one yourself! (And a great place to start is with a GLXP team; find your favorite!)


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 space race! You can also sign up for the XPRIZE newsletter to get exciting innovation news in your inbox, and follow the #GLXP on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook (where yours truly is your community manager for all things awesome happening in space today).

-Nick Azer

[October 3rd-October 9th, 2014.]

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