What does Robotics have to do with the Moon? Glad you asked. Google Lunar X Prize is offering $30 million USD in prizes for the first privately funded team to send a robot to the Moon that can complete tasks as stated in the prize documents. Google and several other companies also sponsor a competition for kids called MoonBots. Model Scout Robotics has a team entered in this competition. We are learning some astronomy as part of our work in this competition.
Model Scout Katie and her coach went on an astronomy field trip Saturday night September 22nd 2012 to participate in International Observe the Moon Night 2012. The moon gazing party at the Rockwall Texas public library was led by Max Corneau, a local NASA JPL Space Ambassador. Mr. Corneau had four telescopes set up to observe the moon. The telescope provided a brighter and a more 3D effect than looking at pictures of the moon surface online.
Model Scout Matthew was on a boy scout trip at Camp James Ray on Lake Texoma near Pottsboro, TX. His patrol had an impromptu Moon Watch event at camp using binoculars instead of telescopes. They used the materials published by International Observe the Moon Night to study the moon (pages 1 to 10). Per Neil Armstrong’s family request, Matthew winked at the moon in honor of Neil Armstrong. Here’s Matthew winking at the Moon in scout uniform to honor Distinguished Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong on flickr. Here’s the worldwide IOMN 2012 Wink for Neil Armstrong photo group.
Below are some other photos from our participation in IOMN 2012.