Making Milestones to the Moon

11/11/2013 by Alex Hall
The last decade has seen XPRIZE build upon the success of its first competition, the Ansari XPRIZE, which awarded $10 million for the first private suborbital spaceflight.
from The Launch Pad
Moon Race Roundup: The Right Orbits
Nick Azer
Great new videos from the teams---including a bit of news about payloads to lunar orbit---as they did big media features and worked hard to get kids on a space direction!
The Google Lunar XPRIZE Announces Winners of the 2014 MoonBots Challenge
Nick Azer
The Google Lunar XPRIZE announces the winners of the 2014 MoonBots: A Google Lunar XPRIZE LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Challenge!
Moon Race Roundup: Being Mighty
Nick Azer
The Google Lunar XPRIZE teams introduce rocket labs, moon mining robots, and their own personal stories as they look to do "mighty" things.
Moon Race Roundup: Locked In!
Nick Azer
A Moonbound startup partners up with Lockheed Martin, while other teams hit the big show with Science Channel, CNET, CNN, and more. (Plus: hotfire rocket tests, and Morgan Freeman geeking out!)
Moon Race Roundup: Hard Hats
Nick Azer
Moon pioneers of several generations---from the brilliant students of Penn State Lunar Lion & Singularity U, to kids in Israel, Tasmania, and Spain, to Buzz Aldrin himself and the engineers of Astrobotic---are getting hands-on with Moon technology and inspiration in the field.
Broken Heart? Just Grow a New One
Jon Sung
When was the last time you gave yourself a paper cut? Have you ever looked at the scar it left behind and wondered why that's the limit of our healing abilities? Suffer a small cut and you can more or less grow new skin back to seal it up, but the new skin won't match what you had. Suffer something worse, like the loss of a limb, and you won't grow a new one. You can't even grow a new finger, much less an organ like an eyeball or a lung. Yet, there are lizards that can grow new tails -- what gives? Are we forever doomed to never be able to truly heal ourselves?
Moon Race Roundup: Under The Summer Moon
Nick Azer
Summer is heating up the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, as space veterans & college student pioneers alike work hard to solve the problems for getting to the Moon.
Moon Race Roundup: The Open Questions
Nick Azer
Many of the interesting open questions about the Moon are explored by the teams---and the media. Do we mine it? Can property claims be made? What happens to the Apollo sites? It's up to our generation to decide!
Don’t Throw the Bus Under the Bus Just Yet
Paul Conley
The wheels on the bus go round and round. But who wants to take it? Not me and probably not you. Nearly 90 percent of Americans drive to work, while just 5 percent take public transit. For most people, it’s a matter of convenience: Take the bus? Are you kidding me? The idea of being packed in like sardines, moving at a snail’s pace while eau de gas fumes waft through the air is not exactly how most people like to start their day.
Planning a Desert Getaway? Bring Along a Beetle
Paul Conley
If you’re thinking of wandering the desert any time soon, you may want to bring along an African beetle – just to be on the safe side. Why? Well, these little guys have managed to stay alive in the in the Namib Desert of Southwestern Africa by literally pulling water from thin air. So they may have a thing or two to teach you about how to do the same.


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