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Google Lunar X Prize competitor picks student experiment to fly to the Moon

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Team Indus has selected an Italian student experiment to fly on its lunar lander.

Team Indus announced Wednesday that Space4Life, a student team from Naples, won the the Lab2Moon competition and will fly its experiment on the lander.

Space4Life plans to test the ability of cyanobacteria to serve as a radiation shield.

A second experiment from an Indian university will also fly on the lander, sponsored by an Indian biopharmaceutical company.

Team Indus plans to launch its lander late this year in a bid to win the Google Lunar X Prize. [The Hindu]


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