The Africa2Moon Mission came along too late to enter the Google Lunar X-Prize but that is not to say that both the spirit and ingenuity of this unique competition has not inspired us.
In fact we are in regular communication with X-Prize contenders like Astrobotic! Just like these bleeding edge pioneers, we are also reliant on non-government funding & Donations.
The X-Prize team have produced an excellent feature & FULLDOME PLANETARIUM SHOW called:
Back To The Moon For Good – The New Space Race
In case you haven’t heard, the Moon is trending again… and in a big way. Like in the glory days of the 1960s and 1970s, our big white space neighbor is enjoying the attention of lunar explorers. Only this time, they’re going back to the moon for good. The award-winning 24-minute Google Lunar XPRIZE fulldome planetarium show, Back To The Moon For Good, chronicles teams around the world competing for the largest international incentivized prize in history, by landing a robotic spacecraft on the Moon. To win the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, a team must land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, navigate 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration, not by governments or countries – but by the citizens of the world.
The various phases of the evolution of the moon, since the formation there is 4,5 billion years.
This excellent short sums it up perfectly. A must watch!
With the movie Gravity premiering on DSTV101 tonight, 28 December 2014, for African Viewers, we thought it would be a good opportunity to highlight the real issue of Space Debris & the Kessler Syndrome:
OBJECTS IN SPACE 1957-2010
The Kessler syndrome (also called the Kessler effect, collisional cascading or ablation cascade), proposed by the NASA scientist Donald J. Kessler in 1978, is a scenario in which the density of objects in low Earth orbit (LEO) is high enough that collisions between objects could cause a cascade—each collision generating space debris which increases the likelihood of further collisions. One implication is that the distribution of debris in orbit could render space exploration, and even the use of satellites, unfeasible for many generations.
Bill Maher & Neil deGrasse Tyson On Kessler Syndrome
We are delighted that this recent Reuters News clip about Africa2Moon has been added to many major news sites including:
Orion blazed into the morning sky at 7:05 a.m. EST on Dec. 5, 2014, lifting off from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on a United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket. The Orion crew module splashed down approximately 4.5 hours later in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles southwest of San Diego.
The test marked a major milestone on NASA’s Journey to Mars as the Orion spacecraft completed its first voyage to space, traveling farther than any spacecraft designed for astronauts has been in more than 40 years.
We have heard many impressions of Africa through the comments on various articles and videos and we thank you all for engaging us.
So, when Jon Stewart invited South African Comedian Trevor Noah to give his impressions of America on the Daily Show on the 5 December 2014, we thought we had to share it with you.
We hope you enjoy it!
ITN’s On Demand News (odn) has issued a piece on Africa2Moon.
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Check out this awesome video of how the moon came to be as it is today. This is a result of the work done and science gathered from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) – Super Cool!