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A JOURNEY TO THE MOON

Lab2Moon is an international collaboration between students at Arizona State University in the US and Central University of Tamil Nadu in India. Our team is a finalist in TeamIndus' Lab2Moon competition, putting us just one step away from launching our revolutionary experiment to the lunar surface in 2017. Join us as we step back in time to examine life's humble beginnings here on Earth in an attempt to catapult humanity into the future.

TeamIndus

In their quest to catalyze humankind as a multi-planetary species, TeamIndus invited youth under 25 years of age to imagine, design, and build an experiment that will advance humanity toward building sustainable life on the Moon. In Phase-I of the challenge, competitors were asked to send in a concept note and video of their idea. TeamIndus received over 3000 entries from 15 countries and 300+ cities across the globe. The competition has now entered Phase-II wherein TeamIndus has shortlisted 25 teams that will build prototypes of their concept to showcase to the Jury at the finals in Bangalore during the month of March.

Our Team

Our Lab2Moon team is a team led by students at Arizona State University and Central University of Tamil Nadu. Together we have overcome the challenges associated with designing a science mission on an international team to become a top 25 finalist in TeamIndus’ Lab2Moon competition. Our team’s mission is to jump start humanity towards becoming an interplanetary species by examining the effects that the harsh lunar surface has on the vital process of photosynthesis. By examining cyanobacteria, we hope to set a foundation for future understanding of life and its place in our solar system.

Google Lunar XPRIZE

With the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition both Google and XPRIZE are seeking to foster a new space economy of innovation and entrepreneurship through low-cost, efficient access to the Moon and use the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams’ moonshots to inspire and engage citizens around the world with science, technology, and innovation. Five teams, SpaceIL, Moon Express, Synergy Moon, Team Indus, and Hakuto have each secured a contract to launch their spacecraft in the near future. These five extraordinary teams are now authorized to move forward in the challenge, kicking off the next exciting phase of the competition.

Our Team

Our Lab2Moon team is a team led by students at Arizona State University and Central University of Tamil Nadu. Together we have overcome the challenges associated with designing a science mission on an international team to become a top 25 finalist in TeamIndus’ Lab2Moon competition. Our team’s mission is to jump start humanity towards becoming an interplanetary species by examining the effects that the harsh lunar surface has on the vital process of photosynthesis. By examining cyanobacteria, we hope to set a foundation for future understanding of life and its place in our solar system.

TeamIndus

In their quest to catalyze humankind as a multi-planetary species, TeamIndus invited youth under 25 years of age to imagine, design, and build an experiment that will advance humanity toward building sustainable life on the Moon. In Phase-I of the challenge, competitors were asked to send in a concept note and video of their idea. TeamIndus received over 3000 entries from 15 countries and 300+ cities across the globe. The competition has now entered Phase-II wherein TeamIndus has shortlisted 25 teams that will build prototypes of their concept to showcase to the Jury at the finals in Bangalore during the month of March.

Google Lunar XPRIZE

With the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE competition both Google and XPRIZE are seeking to foster a new space economy of innovation and entrepreneurship through low-cost, efficient access to the Moon and use the Google Lunar XPRIZE teams’ moonshots to inspire and engage citizens around the world with science, technology, and innovation. Five teams, SpaceIL, Moon Express, Synergy Moon, Team Indus, and Hakuto have each secured a contract to launch their spacecraft in the near future. These five extraordinary teams are now authorized to move forward in the challenge, kicking off the next exciting phase of the competition.

The Human Imperative

Humans are born to explore. It’s in our blood. Pushing the limits on what we can achieve has allowed humanity to evolve from humble beginnings to a dominating force in the world and a space faring civilization. Now, in coordination with TeamIndus and the Google Lunar XPRIZE, our team is pushing the limits of human achievement once again. Taking the first steps to induce photosynthesis on the Moon is humanity’s essential next step to colonizing the final frontier. Cyanobacteria’s potential applications in space range from renewable energy production to terraforming entire planets, and its robust nature allows it to survive in even the harshest conditions here on Earth. By putting the cyanobacteria’s capabilities to the test on the lunar surface, we will learn more about what is required for life in space.

The Moon is not only our nearest neighbor in space, it is our gateway to the rest of the universe. The Moon provides fascinating opportunities for expanding exploration throughout our solar system and offers exciting possibilities for discovery in the fields of science, technology, resource detection and utilization, and human habitation. The way we think about future exploration has already been impacted by our interactions with our planet’s lone natural satellite. Previous discoveries like the existence of lava tubes potentially big enough to support a lunar base and the detection of ice at the lunar poles have all been made from lunar orbit.  Think of all the exciting research that will be done once teams like ours have landed on the surface!

Life began from simple means.

The earliest forms of life on Earth were once simple microbes, unable to think or feel but powerful enough to transform our Earth in extraordinary ways. The ancient ancestors of all life made our home planet the unique biosphere that it is today through the complex process of photosynthesis over millions of years. Our experiment aims to place these ancient microbes on the surface of the moon, where they will once again pave the path for the future of life as we know it. Examining how the harsh conditions of the lunar surface affect the photosynthetic process of these cyanobacteria will unlock doors to humanity’s future as an interplanetary species.

Humanity achieves the most when we work together.

Pushing the limits of humanity’s abilities is no simple task, and we can’t do it alone. Whether you want to volunteer your expertise, become an official partner of our mission, get your hands dirty assembling a space bound mission, or just follow along in our journey, we would love to have you on our team. Together we can bring humanity one step closer to becoming a sustainably interplanetary species.