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: 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.
Moon Race Roundup: Past, Present, Future
Nick Azer
The past, present, and future come together as pioneers & adventurers go in-depth on what's bringing us the Second Space Age.
Forged in Battle: Team Aezon's Origin
Jon Sung
You may have heard about Team Aezon already. They're the youngest team competing for the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE – an incentivized competition challenging teams around the world to create a real-life, Star Trek-inspired medical Tricorder. They're all undergrads at Johns Hopkins University. Whatever your impression of most undergrads is, it probably doesn't include a serious, innovative attempt to build a working medical Tricorder. So, how'd this team come together? And where'd their leader, Tatiana Rypinski, get her start? Gladiatorial combat, basically.
Connect with Explorers: Watch the Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangouts!
Nick Azer
The Google Lunar XPRIZE Team Hangouts allow you to be a participant in the future of the Moon---giving you Q+A access to some of the brightest minds who are looking to go back, go out, and explore. Watch them all, and catch the next one on July 22nd!
Moon Race Roundup: The Baton, Together
Nick Azer
Generations are working together to to conquer great challenges through the Google Lunar XPRIZE, as Buzz Aldrin's son (Moon Express President Andrew Aldrin) carries on the Aldrin lunar legacy & people from all walks of life unite behind teams.
Andrew Torgan
CNET’s Tim Stevens is traveling the globe to meet the teams chasing the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE. He stopped by “CBS This Morning” and sat down with Charlie Rose and Gayle King to discuss these innovators, and the competition that will take us back to the moon.
25 MoonBots Finalists Announced!
Leo Camacho


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