PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Penn State is Going to the Moon

No, seriously. Penn State plans to send space craft “Lunar Lion” to the surface of the moon by 2015.

Though we’re probably not going to have a commonwealth campus on the moon, a team of students and Penn State advisers is competing against 24 other teams in the intercollegiate space race sponsored by The Google Lunar X PRIZE.

The Google Lunar X PRIZE is a challenge held by Google for teams to privately fund a spacecraft design that can complete several requirements — because just landing on the moon isn’t enough for the first prize of 20 million dollars.

If the Lunar Lion will champion us that $20 million, here’s what it has to be able to do:

“… Safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, have that robot travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to the Earth. Teams must be at least 90% privately funded, though commercially reasonable sales to government customers are allowed without limit.”

Currently, the Lunar Lion is expected to launch in 2014 next January from Cape Canaveral for its 5.5 day voyage through space.

This video (made by State High student Sean Colby) shows how our Lunar Lion will work:

Even if we don’t win the first prize of $20 million, we’re certain to win something — there are $30 million total in prizes.  More importantly, this could be a great opportunity for research recognition at Penn State. If we can land something on the moon, the possibilities are really endless.

Check out their Youtube channel, if you’d like to see more videos!

About the Author

Chadwick Lynch

I am a creative thinker and content contributor for Onward State. There is always a madness to my method; it's easier to see in the darkness of abstraction when truth causes blindness. I'm only as serious as you think I am. Obscuris Vera Involvens


More by Chadwick

Flex Your Rights: 10 Rules of dealing with Police

If you need to speak to an officer while driving, on the street or at your home, there are 10 rules you should know to protect yourself and to protect your rights — knowing these rules can prevent fines and unnecessary interactions with police.

I learned these rules in a presentation last night from “Flex Your Rights”, which was given by the ACLU of Penn State.

10 Creepy Places You Never Noticed On Campus

Chaz Bono to Speak at National Coming Out Week


Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

This year’s sneaker is available to purchase online for $109.99.

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Fall Move-In Traffic & Construction Changes

When 40,000 students need to move back to State College over the course of four days or so, things are bound to get crazy.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend