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Friday, 14 September 2007 10:31

Google to sponsor moon landing prize

Written by Nermin Hajdarbegovic

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When the world's not enough

 

Google has agreed to sponsor a $30 million competition for an unmanned mission to the moon.

The competition is open to private industry and non government organizations.

First prize is $20 million, but to claim it you'll have to hurry. Your lunar rover will have to perform a succesful lunar landing and take a 500 meter drive around the landing site, all this by December 31, 2012.

One year later the prize drops to $15 million. The runner up will recieve $5 million, and there are $5 million bonuses for finding Apollo relics on the moon.

A similar concept worked a few years ago, when the Ansari X prize was offered to any successful non government manned space project. The $10 million prize was scooped four years ago by the legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan and Paul Allen, with their Space Ship One flights.

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Nermin Hajdarbegovic

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