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Google Offers $20 Million Prize for Private Moon Mission

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posted on Sep, 13 2007 @ 10:33 PM
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Haha, this is awesome, competition is just what we need to motivate this country to get back to the moon and then follow up with a manned base
or at least an orbiting mini station..
I think X Prize is the foundation that offered either 1 or 10 million to the first private company to reach outer space..
Damn, i wish i was rich.. Bill Gates is one boring person, all that money and its like he doesnt even leave his mansion

The co-founder of MS, whos name escapes me at the moment, participated in the X Prize competition to get to space..

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LOS ANGELES — Google Inc. is bankrolling a $20 million out-of-this-world prize to the first private company that can safely land a robotic rover on the moon and beam back a gigabyte of images and video to Earth, the Internet search leader said Thursday.

If the competition produces a winner, it would prove a major boon to the emerging private spaceflight industry and mark the first time that a nongovernment entity has flown a lunar space probe.

Google partnered with the X Prize Foundation for the moon challenge, which is open to companies around the world.


The Santa Monica-based nonprofit prize institute is best known for hosting the Ansari X Prize contest that led to the first manned private spaceflight in 2004.

The race to the moon won't be easy or cheap. Teams have to raise money to build a roaming spacecraft that will be tough enough to survive a landing and have the smarts to complete a set of tasks.

Each rover must also be equipped with high-definition video and still cameras to document the journey.




posted on Sep, 13 2007 @ 10:41 PM
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This is exciting. Maybe they can do a once around before the landing and get us a picture of that base on the back of the moon.



posted on Sep, 14 2007 @ 12:31 AM
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I wonder what type of "accident" the military has in store for whoever
does make it to the moon?



posted on Sep, 14 2007 @ 08:06 AM
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Haha that's exactly what i thought!!

Or simply disclose all info before it even gets there, so there isn't anything to explore anymore...

NASA has some reallu juicy footage what will never surface.. until disclosion.



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