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Lunar Lion team recruits geosciences students to create science plan for moon


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When you look into the night sky a few years from now, you might be saying to yourself, "There’s a vehicle built by Penn State students on the moon right now." That voyage to the moon is the focus of the student-run Lunar Lion team’s efforts, and they recently brought on two new team members — both geosciences majors — to help plan the team’s lunar research.

“Joining Lunar Lion is a good opportunity to get involved in something that’s going to continue past our time at Penn State and expand the knowledge that we’ve gained in our classes,” said geosciences senior and Lunar Lion science team leader Mitch Hastings, a native of Delmont, Pennsylvania.

Lunar Lion was originally formed in 2011 and was competing in the Google Lunar XPrize, which seeks to innovate and reduce costs of spacecraft design. The Penn State team was the only university-led team to pursue the XPRIZE, competing with 33 other teams from around the world to execute the first privately funded mission to land on the Moon.  More

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