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To the moon with a hop

Andrew Abraham ’09G has dreamed for years of working in the space program. Now, as a Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, he is making his dream a reality as one of a team of engineers developing a spacecraft that could change lunar flight and research. The project is part of a collaboration by Lehigh and Penn State University to compete in the Google Lunar X Prize – a $30-million open challenge to land a robot on the moon by the end of 2015. Abraham is focusing on guidance, navigation and control that will allow the team’s so-called “Lunar Lion” to visit as many landing sites as possible while minimizing fuel consumption.

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