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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:

Eighth Continent

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:

Microchip Milestone

And in another brief, but important, tech milestone, SpaceIL  revealed their mission computer (which they now have in-hand!):

"This is a very significant progress in the development of SpaceIL's hardware."

Interaction

Meanwhile, in a bit of hands-on awesomeness, Puli  brought their rover out to a secondary school! Kind of jealous right now:

Exploration

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:

Small Beginnings

In other news, SpaceIL 's beginnings and motivations were featured in a Jerusalem Post article, which is a great read! Full of interesting quotes and factoids:

Quotables

And, last but not least, Part Time Scientists ' Asimov Jr. attempted some 'quotables' of his own in their latest comic:

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 blogsteam social, and team videos.

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.


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