Google launches moon landing contest
The internet company Google has launched an $20m competition to send a robotic mission to the moon. To claim the prize, a team of researchers will need to send a rover to the moon, make it roam for a minimum of 500m and send video, images and data back to Earth, all before December 31, 2012.
The competition is being run in association with the X-prize foundation, most famous for its $10m award to Burt Rutan, designer of SpaceShipOne which, in 2005, made the first ever private suborbital spaceflight. His design is now being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic in the hope of sending people on short trips into space.
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