Because It’s Cool

I’ve been a great deal of my life dreaming about the stars. I grew up watching Star Trek and now I’m at an engineering school to become Rocket Scientologist (okay, electrical engineering…but it has practical applications in Rocket Scientology).

I current work for a company that is in the aerospace business and I’m now with a team on campus that is helping design a robot that could go to the Moon (2008 Regolith Excavation Challenge). I need my space.

Lately, space has become dull. Without delving too much into the details, I attribute this dullness to a lack of funding and ambition on NASA’s part. That’s why things like this practically tickle me pink:

From googleblog.blogspot.com:

In 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man to go into space and orbit the Earth. Two years later, Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space (she orbited the earth 48 times — take that, Yuri). By the end of the decade, the Apollo teams, rising to President Kennedy’s challenge, made Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin the first human beings to walk on the Moon.

Great things can happen when you reach for the stars. That’s why we’re thrilled to be sponsoring the Lunar X-PRIZE, which will award a total of $30 million to teams competing around the world to land privately funded spacecraft on the Moon.

Why does Google love space? Well, for one thing, we just think it’s cool.

Insert lame joke about space being cold here.

See ya’ll on the other side of the moon.

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