SXSW 2010: Moon 2.0: The Outer Limits of Lunar Exploration

Saturday, March 13 3:30pm
Veronica McGregor
Amanda Stiles, X PRIZE
Cariann Higginbotham, Spacevidcast, Co-worker/host
Nicholas Skytland, NASA
Dave Masten, Founder and CEO of Masten Space Systems

Session Description

Space sector representatives will discuss how the use of web and mobile technologies create opportunities for participation in future exploration of the Moon. The panel focuses on how X PRIZE, NASA, commercial space companies, and others generate greater interaction and interest in Moon missions using collaborative platforms and social media.


Veronica McGregor


Nicholas Skytland:

@astro_soichi takes twitpics photos from space.
@astro_jeff ordered flowers for his wife from space

Amanda Stiles:

X PRIZE Foundation

The USA was last on the moon in 1972, and the Soviets were there last in 1976. So when is it we’re going back? Google Lunar X PRIZE has decided to create a lunar landing prize for us to just do that (but not yet sending people). They currently have 20 teams registered, with a year left.


Dave Masten:

@dmasten – CEO
@wikkit – Tech
@mojaverocketguy – Engineer
@mmealing VP Bus. Dev.
@colinake – Sales
@drbobloblaw – Tech

Cariann Higginbotham:


Questions and Answers

  • Why did Kenedy only take 8 years, but George Bush said in 15 years we’ll go again?
    There is a debauchery that basically says, “things get worse over time.” When Apolo was running, NASA had 5% of the USA’s government budget. Today they now have 0.5%. (What a half-ass answer)
  • Someone asked about any access to publicly placed photos.
    McGregor suggested which is a community driven website which provides photos generated from the publicly open images from one of the Mars drones. NASA does not have the staffing to create these good of image rendering, and thus this publicly generated source is actually better than what they have.
  • What do you think the role of open source projects will play in the future?
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