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Earle Kyle (B.S., Physics, 1961)


The latest news is that I have been asked to help Carnegie Mellon University’s Team Astrobotic compete in the $20 million Google Lunar X-Prize.

My son is finishing his senior year there and is also helping the team. Since I helped design the Apollo spaceships that took men to the Moon, it is great fun for me to help this team land a private robot near the Apollo 11 site and transmit pictures back to Earth. We plan to launch in May of 2010. I owe my exciting aerospace career to the University’s Cosmic Ray Research Lab where I helped design part of the Orbiting Solar Observatory satellite.