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Lunar Roundup: Art and Inspiration

Welcome to this week’s Lunar Roundup! A power rankings-style look at who & what’s been “Awesome!” over the last seven days of the Google Lunar X PRIZE.

Moon Express talked moon telescopes (and Hawaii); Part Time Scientists posted a funny new comic; Popular Mechanics picked their bets for who's winning the X PRIZE; and Penn State Lunar Lion sat down to talk about a bright future, while UC Riverside began celebrating 'citizen space' with an art exhibition!

The five best picks from January 15th-21st, 2013:

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1) Island Scope!

Moon Express sat down with team member Jake Forsberg, revealing details of their ILO-X Moon telescope project (and tales of adventure from Hawaii): 

2) Waxing Poetic!

It looks like Part Time Scientists' rover has been spending a little too much time in the library, as part of their latest comic:


3) Rundown!

Popular Mechanics published a rundown of who they think is winning:

Who do you think is winning? Let us know in the comments!

4) A Bright Future!

Penn State Lunar Lion posted a great talk with their former Business Development Coordinator, Maria Matthews, and her new gig with on-the-rise space firm Zero Point Frontiers!:

(This really is an amazing industry to get into... as Phil Plait said recently: "Oh, astronomy. Incredible beauty mixed with incredible science. I’m so glad I devoted my life to this. I wouldn’t have it any other way.")

5) Art Culmination!

A long-term UC Riverside art exhibition is celebrating private/citizen space exploration, and plans to culminate with the winning of the prize!

A Kitsou Dubois zero-gravity performance; image via UCR.

Honorable Mentions:

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I’ll be rounding these up on a weekly basis, so keep an eye here for all the most awesome developments.

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 that I didn’t post here...share ’em in the comments below!

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