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Lunar Roundup: Air Miles

Around the world...and Mars? Your interplanetary competition highlights from April 16th-April 22nd...

Mars. The Moon. Medieval castles. Virginia Tech. The teams got in a ton of air miles this week, travelling all over the world for cool conferences and other work. This competition is not just global---it's multiglobal (including the Moon & Mars), so the teams get around to all kinds of crazy places! Here's the lowdown on all the latest travel (and other fun stories) from this week:

New Virginia

Starting off with a small jump, Astrobotic ranged out to Virginia Tech to show off a day in the life of the lab there---and the awesome results! (A test helicopter in flight action!:)

These helicopters help simulate Moon gravity maneuvers (so they can test guidance systems and other tech).

Mars by Utah

Russian team Selenokhod---who have been quiet for a while---have gone to the Mars Desert Research Station! This is a simulated Mars-base environment in Utah where the team will lock themselves in and live the Martian life for a few weeks:

They’re actually in the station now, and will be out on May 4th. Wave to Mars (or...Utah...) for them!

[MDRS images via Rt.com.]

Mission Control

Plan B didn’t have to go far, but they were up bright and early to show off the Mission Control software for their CubeSat!:

Moonscapes

Part Time Scientists toured some cool Moonscapes, and asked: what would you name a Moon crater?


While Moon Express actually set foot on a Moonscape...at Kennedy Flight Center:

Summit in Santiago

The teams recovered enough from the awesomeness of our annual Team Summit in Chile to post some cool videos from the floor.

SpaceIL gave a firsthand tour of the scene at the Grand Hyatt...

...while also posting their complete presentation from Day 2:

And team ARCA shared the opening MoonBots presentation, with awesome Chilean kids rocking their LEGO moonbots live:

Castle Invasion

Team Angelicvm had one of their members occupy a medieval castle (well, O.K., he might have been just visiting) in Poland for a conference:


And for a Germanic flavor, Part Time Scientists hit the Hannover Messe industrial conference to check out a bunch of exciting new tech (from a very "I, Robot" android to 3D printing and Mars Curiosity):

Yuri’s Night

And last but not least, Penn State Lunar Lion broke out the swag for their Yuri’s Night celebration:

Honorable Mentions:

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I’ll be rounding these up every week, so keep an eye here for the best developments from our very own moon race.

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

And if you have any favorite stories from the week that didn’t make it in here---share them below!


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