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Mouser’s Moon Challenge Winners to Send Mail to the Moon

June 22, 2015
By Business Wire News


Mouser Electronics, Inc., the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, congratulates the winners in Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Space Challenge – the latest contest in Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together™ program. The two lucky winners, Roberto Chiesa Bartelmebs of Brazil and Rodolfo Magnus of Texas will have their photographs and ideas sent to the Moon.

The Empowering Innovation Space Challenge, accessible only on, marks a historic event in space as the first commercial lunar landing. To prove their genius, the entrants submitted a photo and idea, in 100 words or less, on what technology best represents the world today. The engineering community shared their ideas online to receive votes for which idea and photo should travel aboard Astrobotic’s Griffin Lander to the Moon.

Both winners will have their entry and photo placed on the Moon’s surface in the Astrobotic MoonMail capsule. Roberto’s entry, in part, says: “Digital electronics is the mother of current technologies and with it the software that manages the information. Electronics can move the world. The Moon cannot be different.”

And, Rodolfo’s entry says: “The internet represents today’s world better than other technologies because for the first time we humans are connected in ways that before were only dreams…. This technology will be fundamental when colonizing the Moon to remain connected to our Mother Earth.”

“I can’t think of a more ultimate prize to capture and inspire the imaginations of engineers’ worldwide,” said Glenn Smith, Mouser’s President and CEO. “This Space Challenge was a great follow-up to the Robotic Challenges. We’d really like to thank Astrobotic for their partnership. Sending a personal payload to the moon is an unbelievable engineering prize.”

“We are excited to welcome Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together Space Challenge winners aboard our first lunar mission,” says John Thornton, CEO of Astrobotic. “This partnership is a great example of how Astrobotic is opening up access to the moon for companies, governments, universities, and individuals. The winners will forever be connected with the Moon in the night sky thanks to Mouser and Astrobotic.”

The Space Challenge is part of the Empowering Innovation Together program – a way that Mouser and Imahara are connecting with engineers through innovation and creativity that defines engineering design.

The Empowering Innovation Together Space Exploration Series is sponsored by Platinum Program Partner Microsemi and Diamond sponsors Vishay Intertechnology and Phoenix Contact.

To learn more about Grant Imahara, the Empowering Innovation Together campaign and Mouser partnership,

With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser caters to design engineers and buyers by delivering What’s Next in advanced technologies. Mouser offers customers 21 global support locations and stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is updated many times per day and searches more than 10 million products to locate over 4 million orderable part numbers available for easy online purchase. also houses an industry-first interactive catalog, data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

About Mouser Electronics

Mouser Electronics, a subsidiary of TTI, Inc., is part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. Mouser is an award-winning, authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor, focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies to electronic design engineers and buyers. features more than 4 million products online from more than 500 manufacturers. Mouser publishes multiple catalogs per year providing designers with up-to-date data on the components now available for the next generation of electronic devices. Mouser ships globally to over 500,000 customers in 170 countries from its 492,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit

About Astrobotic

Astrobotic Technology Inc. is a lunar logistics company that delivers payloads to the moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits and individuals. Astrobotic’s spacecraft accommodates multiple customers on a single flight, offering flexibility at an industry-defining low price. Astrobotic is a NASA contractor, and is also an official partner with NASA on the Lunar CATALYST program. With its partner, Carnegie Mellon University, Astrobotic is pursuing the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE and is planning to launch the first mission in 2016. Astrobotic was founded in 2008 and is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa. For more information, visit

About MoonMailTM

MoonMailTM is a program for the public to send mementos to the Moon on Astrobotic’s first commercial lunar mission. It is a unique opportunity to commemorate meaningful moments that can be forever linked with the Moon in the night sky. For more information, visit


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