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Lunar Roundup: Team Merger!
The week's top five highlights! Odyssey Moon announced they are merging with SpaceIL, while Angelicum took a detailed look at their designs; STELLAR announced new sponsorship; Synergy Moon featured their NanoSat project; and Part Time Scientists gave a great interview.
SpaceIL and Odyssey Moon Announce Joint Teaming Agreement to Pursue $30 Million Google Lunar X PRIZE
Earlier today, the Google Lunar X PRIZE team Odyssey Moon announced that they have officially teamed up with team SpaceIL to work towards winning the competition together as one entity. SpaceIL will be taking the lead on this one, which means they will be assuming the representative role for both teams, as-well-as the first slot on our team page.
Lunar Roundup: Mass Media
The week's best highlights! The journal Nature featured Astrobotic's cave plans; Robin Williams talked about the GLXP on David Letterman; Penn State Lunar Lion sat down for their awesome team summit interview; Space.com compared the GLXP to the gold rush; and Astrobotic talked about skylight exploration.
Updates from Google Lunar X PRIZE in Europe
Google Lunar X PRIZE is a truly international competition, with teams headquartered in four continents. Eight of the teams - about a third of those now participating - are either based in Europe or have a significant contribution from European partners. While many of these teams have been very successful in engaging with the media and outreach communities at a national level, there’s still a sense at a wider level that Europe hasn’t yet woken up to the major contribution it’s making to this prize.
Team Interview- Penn State Lunar Lions
This week's team interview is with Michael V. Paul of the Pennsylvania State University Lunar Lions team. It seems like PSU has some great intentions for establishing a solid future in commercial space through education. A well thought-out plan as well as a well put-together team lead by tried and tested leaders, with a heritage in the space industry, could be just the thing to get our youth interested in space by making it more accessible to students. Hopefully their well-implemented plan reaches beyond the Google Lunar X PRIZE long after the competition is over and continues to inspire.
Lunar Roundup: Testing Out the Tech Ideas
This week's best highlights! Penn State Lunar Lion created a copter for testing, while Astrobotic looked at lunar excavation; Team Indus looked at locomotion; Team Puli planned to go to Mars (via Morocco); and Italia posted a cool research roundup.
Lunar Roundup: Rocket Engines and a Rover Parade
The week's top five highlights! Plus some great honorable mentions. Our Team Summit video showed a bunch of designs; Synergy Moon shared a rocket engine test; Angelicum posted a bunch of new concepts; the Rocket City Space Pioneers battled some giant Moon pumpkins; and Omega Envoy shared their newest design!
Benefits of Going Back to the Moon
Benefits of Going Back to the MoonThis article is part three in a five part series about going back to the Moon with the Google Lunar X PRIZE by Nathan Wong. Getting to the Moon and having a spacecraft function properly once there is a challenging task that 25 teams from around the world are trying to complete, but what does the Moon give us in return? What makes going back to the Moon worthwhile and exciting? Well if you polled the GLXP teams and the lunar science community you would get many varied answers.
Google Lunar X PRIZE Team Summit 2012 Video
Finally, the much anticipated Google Lunar X PRIZE 2012 team summit video is up for your viewing pleasure!
Lunar Roundup: International
This week's top five highlights! A very international week, with Puli testing their rover outside Budapest, a Japanese article covering new White Label Space plans, an Austrian article revealing details of SpaceIL, and a Pittsburgh, USA double-feature as Penn State Lunar Lion and Astrobotic both uploaded great videos.
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