Marco Ostini is a part of the Lunar Numbat project – the Australian part of White Label Space – a group intent on winning the Google Lunar X Prize and seeing the return of Man to The Moon. Marco is certain that there are big scientific questions that can be answered in this endeavour.
Space Science contains the answers to the questions we don’t yet realise we should be asking.
Lunar Numbat is a team of Australian and New Zealander volunteers using Open Source technologies and their skill to build mission-critical parts. These parts are needed to help their partner White Label Space win the Google Lunar X-Prize (GLXP); an international private competition to safely land a rover on the moon, travel more than 500 meters and transmit back high definition video and images.
Why go to the moon? It’s our companion world, our offshore island. Invariably when you learn about the moon, you learn about the Earth. In more ways than may seem self-evident, they’re linked.
Along the way Lunar Numbat is helping the Australian Space Research Institute with AusRoc 2.5, and cooperating with others, all to further the goal of lowering the barrier to entry that surrounds Space Science, and expand the horizons of all people.