Layer 8: X Prize $30 million private race to the moon is on | Network World


The master competition masters at X Prize Foundation are at it again.� Today the group announced the 29 international teams that will compete for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize, the competition to put a robot on the moon by 2015.

To win the money, a privately-funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high definition video and images back to Earth. ��The first team to do so will claim a $20 million Grand Prize, while the second team will earn a $5 million.

Teams are also eligible to win a $1 million award for stimulating diversity in the field of space exploration and as much as $4 million in bonus prizes for accomplishing additional technical tasks such as moving ten times as far, surviving the frigid lunar night, or visiting the site of a previous lunar mission, according to the X Prize folks.

via Layer 8: X Prize $30 million private race to the moon is on | Network World.

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