Google Lunar X PRIZE Roundup #6 - MyMoon

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GOOGLE LUNAR X PRIZE ROUNDUP #6

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.

Some *huge* news out of Barcelona this week, plus a flurry of awesome videos! Check it out:

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1.) Wonder of the World! Team Barcelona Moon made huge news by signing a contract with a Chinese launcher for a June 2014 trip to the Moon!

Their parent company, Galactic Suite, signed up with the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) for a June 2014 launch of the Barcelona Moon rover. (Save the date---that’s only a year and 10 months, about the same time The Hobbit: Part Three will be coming out!)

Here’s a great Wired article on the partnership.

The clock is ticking...

And meanwhile, epic music on this video:

2.) State of the Moon! The awesome Amanda Stiles----Manager, Google Lunar X Prize Technical Operations---sat down for an interview with MoonAndBack.com and talked all the latest developments with the prize. More team mergers coming?:

Watch the video on MoonAndBack.com!

3.) Extraordinary! Team JURBAN posted an awesome introduction to some of their media team (some of whom are in their 20’s and/or working remotely---send the right email/blog/tweet, and you could get be working with a Moon team! :) ):

4.) Stellar! Team STELLAR gave a shout-out to team member Steve Arroyo, who had a big part in the Mars Curiosity lander!:

”We are very proud of our Stellar team member and i7 Engineering's Senior Electrical Engineer, Steve Arroyo and his team at JPL! His team designed the majority of the systems onboard the Mars Curiosity Rover.”- Team STELLAR on Facebook

inline image Photo: i7 Engineering on Facebook..

5.) O.M. Carnegie! Team Astrobotic’s spiffy lab at Carnegie Mellon University was featured in a cool CBS Pittsburgh video on the Mars Curiosity landing (which some CMU alums had a hand in:)

Check Out the Video and Article on CBS Pittsburgh!

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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 ;)

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