Prize Roundup: Sample Return Challenge Partner, Conrad Award Finalists, Prometheus Flight, Moonbuggy Teams, More

There's been a lot of prize activity since my last post.  I can't give a full roundup of it all, but here's a good sample:

@MOONBUGGYRACE: 84 teams from 7 countries and 4 continents set to race! We welcome so many new competitors! List: http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov/email.html

@ConradAwards: #FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: http://bit.ly/ibTzP8

You can find a lot more links about the Astrobotic Falcon 9 contract at the SoldTheMoon (David Gump) and Astrobotic twitter accounts.  I'm just giving 2 samples:

@SoldTheMoon: SpaceX sells first its ticket for a moon launch - Technology & science - msnbc.com http://t.co/96yYv00 via @msnbc

@astrobotic: Here we are in the Pittsburgh Tribune: http://bit.ly/dSfFsN

@YurisNight: We just launched the Yuri's Night 2011 Video Contest on @Spacevidcast! Check it out at http://t.co/iskxSvv

@TeamPrometheus: I uploaded a YouTube video -- Prometheus II Maden flight http://youtu.be/0B87yZfMNxU?a

@NASAPrize: NASA And Worcester Polytechnic Institute Are Challenge Partners for the Sample Return Robot

Here's the NASA press release on the Sample Return Robot Challenge partnership: NASA And Worcester Polytechnic Institute Are Challenge Partners.  The competition date is currently anticipated around Spring 2012.  Also note that Larry Cooper is program executive for the Centennial Challenges.

From WPI: Welcome to the Sample Return Robot Challenge!

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