Google backs a $30 million Lunar X-Prize

Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about!  The X-Prize Foundation just launched a new competition, offering $20 million to the first team to send a rover to the moon and send back high-definition photos. From the Beeb:

To claim the cash, any craft reaching the lunar surface must perform a series of tasks such as shoot video and roam for specific distances.

Firms interested in trying for the prize have until the end of 2012 to mount their Moonshot.

The prize money comes from Google, which is a very good sign.  I like this trend of rich technology companies funding space endeavors, because it means a group of really smart and successful folks end up in charge of making this stuff actually happen. Go geeks!

One thought on “Google backs a $30 million Lunar X-Prize

  1. And yes, I understand the irony of following a “Google pwns us all!” post with a “Google moonshot yay!” post.

    It’s totally different! :)

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