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Form a team, design a robot, solve the challenge, and be part of the Google Lunar X PRIZE race to the Moon with LEGO® MINDSTORMS®!   

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2010 Competition

About the Game


Round Length: 3 minutes
Maximum Score: 350 points

Playing Field:
The MoonBots Challenge is played on a lunar surface made from 5 x 5 module large gray LEGO base plates and measuring 6.2 feet (1.9m) to a side. It is dominated by two craters one large and one small and a couple of ridge elements. This year's landing zone is more treacherous than last year's. It is strewn with rubble fields and the large crater is deep in regolith. The objectives below represent simulated lunar mission tasks.

Registration & Phase One: May 9th - June 27th 2011
Phase Two: June 27th - August 19th, 2011


Discover Water Ice
10 points each

In each crater their are Water Ice elements. Be careful not to lose traction in the regolith on the crater floor.

Discover Helium 3
15 points each

Spread across the lunar surface there are four Helium 3 elements, find them all and bring them back to base for analysis.

Survive the Lunar Night
30 points

Your robot must visit the Peak of Eternal Light and rest in order to survive the lunar night.

Capture Mission Video
20 points

Capture video from your robot’s perspective as it navigates the rough lunar surface during its mission.

Lander Dismount
20 points

Your robot starts here with the ramp up. It must successfully descend the lander onto the lunar surface.

Return the Elements to Base
Each element x 2

Successfully returning the Water Ice and Helium 3 elements to base doubles their score. They can be on or off your robot to qualify.

Photograph the Heritage Artifacts
20 points

At some point in your mission your robot must stop and take a picture or video of the Heritage Artifacts.

Return to Base
20 points

Return to base at the end of your mission. Your robot needs to be touching the Landing Base to qualify but we will be really impressed if you go back to the top and bring the ramp up behind you.

Build Instructions: