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Penn State: We're Going to the Moon!

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 04:01 PM

The Lunar Lion team rockets toward aerospace’s cutting edge, putting NASA equipment in students’ hands.


Pennsylvania State University said:

In 2015, Penn State’s Lunar Lion team plans to put an unmanned spacecraft on the moon. In 2013, the ambitious project is putting cutting edge NASA equipment in students’ hands.

Through a recent agreement between the University's Applied Research Laboratory and NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, students will be able to test bipropellant rocket thrusters powered by liquid methane and liquid oxygen—the type that will play a crucial role in putting Penn State’s spacecraft on the moon’s surface in the race for Google Lunar XPRIZE.

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"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 04:03 PM

Lunar Lion team leader gives mission update to trustees


Pennsylvania State University said:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State's Moon mission is 25 months away, but in the meantime the University is creating a new paradigm in space research and exploration, according to the Lunar Lion team leader.

Michael Paul, who also is the director of space systems initiatives at the Applied Research Laboratory, gave an update today (Nov. 22) on Lunar Lion to the University Board of Trustees.

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"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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Posted 25 November 2013 - 04:05 PM


Lunar Lion To The Moon!

For the Future.
For the Glory.
For All.
The Time is Now!

Credit: Penn State Lunar Lion XPRIZE Team

Source: Lunar Lion - YouTube Channel

"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001

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Posted 26 November 2013 - 03:52 PM

Roaring to the moon, Lunar Lion pays launch reservation fee


Pennsylvania State University said:

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Lunar Lion, a moon lander designed and built by the Penn State Lunar Lion team, the only university-led team in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition, will be sent into space as part of a multiple spacecraft effort coordinated by a new player in the space industry, Team Phoenicia LLC, of Menlo Park, Calif.

The Lunar Lion team's fully refundable launch reservation fee has been paid to Phoenicia.

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