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Lunar Roundup: A Flurry of Updates

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.

A real flurry of updates, as four teams make it in with two articles apiece. The MoonBots winner was announced, as Moon Express, JURBAN, Stellar, and Omega Envoy explored everything from lunar mining and gravity to fateful meetings in bars and Australian mission controls.

Your top five highlights for December 11th-December 17th:

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1) MoonBots!

The MoonBots 2012 winner was announced---team HungaroBots! 


The competition is an annual LEGO Mindstorms challenge for young ones everywhere to make working Moon-challenge robotics.

2) Articles!

Moon Express was part of two really great articles.

The first looks at the importance of NASA’s GRAIL mission to their ability to land safely on the Moon:

A Moon gravity map.

And their informative Q+A with Space Tech Expo was a real gem:

"Mining the Moon is on the long term horizon for Moon Express, at least a decade or two away. But we suspect that there are more platinum group metals on the surface of the Moon than all the reserves of Earth." -Dr. Bob Richards, Moon Express


3) JURBAN!

Team JURBAN partook in a couple of great videos.

Their team summit interview reveals how a chance meeting with a Virgin Galactic CEO at a bar got them started:



And a thorough look at their history and plans can be found in their MyMoon webcast from this week:

MyMoon Webcast

4) Sydney!

Team Stellar announced two new sponsors, including Robotic Systems:




And, their Australian mission control plans were featured by the Sydney Morning Herald!

5) Envoy!

Omega Envoy added a supplies sponsor, Southern Cast Solutions. Here's a video of Omega Envoy's recent rover test on simulated materials:

And they also officially inked their joint-mission deal with team Angelicum

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 blogsteam 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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