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GOOGLE LUNAR X PRIZE ROUNDUP #4

The $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is an awesome race to the Moon----challenging a variety of private companies to be the first to land their own rover on the lunar surface

With 25 teams, all ramping up the action every week, there’s a lot of news that comes along! So each week I round up the best items from around the Prize.

Space telescopes, good vibrations, and some sweet videos---the week of July 20-27th was a fun one! Check out the highlights:

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1) Awesome Scope!

Team Moon Express is partnering up with The International Lunar Observatory Association to put a space telescope on the Moon! It’s a precursor to bigger and even more awesome things, but it’ll get the project on the South Pole of the Moon started:

Independently sponsored space telescope to be launched to the Moon and deliver Galaxy Imagery from the lunar surface

2) Good Vibrations!

Team Penn State Lunar Lion posted a video explaining (and demonstrating!) how they’re managing co-axial yaw on their test craft. A cool look into the technical side:

3) An Expressive Explanation!

The CEO of team Moon Express, Bob Richards, did a great interview this week with Kidela Capital Group where he explained really well why companies are going to the Moon at all, and the value of it. Great overview:

4) Kick Picked!

Team Part Time Scientists launched a Kickstarter for their RRE rover---and, more specifically, for it’s testing ground.

As a way to give back, the first folks to test the new rover are going to be...you! They’ll be handing over the controls so the masses can get of taste of piloting a rover. Pretty awesome!

TheKickstarter was one of the staff picks for the week. Off to a good start! :)

5) Phoenicia Rising!

And, last but not least, Team Phoenicia announced their first partners for launching goodness! Phoenicia offered to have Cal Poly/Tyvak CubeSats hitch a ride; check out the full details in the release: Team Phoenicia Unveils First Partners for Ride Sharing On Lunar Launch

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I’ll be rounding these up on a weekly basis, so check back to keep up on what cool things are going down with the Google Lunar X PRIZE!

For the full skinny on everything that happens, follow the official Lunar X PRIZE feeds for team blogs, team social feeds, and team videos

And if you have any favorite #GLXP items that I didn’t share here...post’em in the comments below! We can all debate the awesomeness ;)

COMMUNITY COMMENTS:

Abhimat G.

Friday Jul-27-2012

I’m really excited about technology approaching the goal of building a telescope on the Moon!

A huge downside for radio astronomy in the past few decades has been that as the use of radio through technologies like cell phones and television has increased, there is also a lot of interference that works its way into data. By putting a radio telescope on the far side of the Moon, we could have an observatory that always faces away from the Earth and, therefore, conveniently bypasses all the radio interference originating from the Earth. Yay for clean astronomy data!


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