This was recorded from the first ever joint Google Hangout between MyMoon & CosmoQuest with Mike Vergalla of Moon Express. During the hangout, Mike explains a bit about his own path to Moon Express, and explains some of the work for which he is responsible.
Lunabotics competition going on LIVE right now! http://www.ustream.tv/nasaedge
Mason Peck, NASA's Chief Technologist, held an "ask me anything" session yesterday on Reddit. In response to a question about the relationship between NASA and commercial space companies, Peck shared his support for the success of the 'data buy' model. One example of this model is the $30 million Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) contract awarded to Moon Express.
Yesterday marked the first day of NASA's Lunabotics college level competition. Shout out to Moon Express Project Engineer Michael Vergalla who is currently at the Kennedy Space Center as one of the judges in the competition.
On March 17th, 2013 a 40 kg asteroid going 56,000 miles per hour lit up the Moon's surface with the equivalent force of tons of TNT. The size of resulting crater will help researchers validate preexisting lunar impact models.
Ron Suggs, an analyst at the Marshall Space Flight Center was the first to observe the phenomenon.
Nice surprise this morning, we are now on the NASA Ames Research Park building marker
Project Engineer Mike Vergalla recently flew to Santiago, Chile to represent Moon Express at the annual Google Lunar X PRIZE team summit. Lucky for us he brought along his Go Pro Hero 3 so we could all join in on the fun.
Contrary to long held views, a recent study shows that the water on the Moon may be from the Earth itself.
The article briefly describes the science behind water 'fingerprinting.' "Water is made up of oxygen and hydrogen, and hydrogen can come in two forms or isotopes — a more common, lighter form and a heavier form known as deuterium. The ratio of deuterium to hydrogen is a chemical fingerprint that can point to the origin of the water."