Lunar Roundup: Eighth Continent
This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE...
A lot of short-but-important updates, as Moon Express brought some 'eighth continent' thinking and several teams showed off important new hardware:
Moon Express was featured in a couple of great news pieces!
The first morsel has them talking about their entrepreneurial plans for the Moon, and how the Moon is really like the eighth continent of Earth:
And the second bit of inspiration has them discussing asteroid impacts, and the resources that could be left from them on the Moon, untouched:
A Leg Up
Meanwhile, Italia posted a (brief) animation of their lander’s leg deployment!
The video's only 2 seconds, but it’s one of the first-ever looks at their lander:
"This is a very significant progress in the development of SpaceIL's hardware."
And, speaking of public interaction... Synergy Moon has been looking to pace the 'telescope race' with their own interactive space telescope---the 'Tesla Orbital Space Telescope'!
Rolling out a new contributions program, the team has listed details for what could very well become the first private space telescope (beating out both the ARKYD and Moon Express' ILO-X). With plans to launch this coming winter (2013/2014), the telescope would then be accessible by the public using their smartphones and other types of programs---which is pretty cool!
This project was initially supported by an IndieGoGo campaign; here's the video from that effort, with more details on the project:
I’ll be rounding these up every week, so keep an eye here for the best developments from our very own moon race.
And if you have any favorite stories from the week that didn’t make it in here---share them below!
June 25th-July 1st, 2013.