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Moon Roundup: Carrying the Torch

This week, in the Google Lunar XPRIZE...

From one generation of Moon explorers to another---Buzz Aldrin paid team Moon Express  a visit!

Talking strategy, and hanging with the team:

While other teams took their technology out into the field, onto the lab table, and got their own visits & shout-outs from famous folks:

Walkthrough

Plan B  gave an awesome walkthrough of their antenna testing, showing the steps they've been taking to refine an important piece of their rover:

Spider Bot

While Team Italia 's Ladyfly bot went for a quick, and rather adorable, jaunt:

Airborne

Team Astrobotic  took to the air with quadcopters, airplanes, and helicopters to test their Moon landing technology:

Multiple Globetrotting

And Penn State Lunar Lion 's Jason Ganter---a former defensive back, Jonas Brothers right-hand man, and current Sochi olympics production crewmember---was featured, as he tackles communications for their Moon mission!

Iconic

While team Indus  got a great shout-out in an awards speech from Ajai Chowdhry, an Indian industry icon:

Mr. Speaker...

And, speaking of speeches, Penn State Lunar Lion  got a shout-out on the U.S. Congress floor from Rep. Glenn Thompson:

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I'll be rounding up these news items every week, so keep an eye here for the latest developments from the moon race!

And for the full skinny on everything that happens, follow the official feeds for team blogs, team social, and team videos. You can also sign up for the XPRIZE newsletter to get cool PRIZE news in your inbox!

~Nick Azer

[February 5th-February 11th, 2014.]

 

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