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Google Lunar X Prize

23 Feb 2008, 16:20 UTC
Google Lunar X Prize
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Google and X PRIZE officials have recently unveiled nine new privately funded teams that will compete for $30 million in the Google Lunar X PRIZE challenge, a race to the moon. The new teams join the Isle of Man-based Odyssey Moon team that was the first group to take up the challenge. Google officials hadn't expected this many contestants to sign up this early and were "floored" by the jump in competitors. Google Lunar X PRIZE Cup organizers also announced their partnership with Space Florida; this organization will be offering launch site services and $2 million in extra prize money to the winning team if they blast off from Florida. For a team to win the Google Lunar X Prize 90 percent of their funding must come from the private sector. The first team to land their robot on the moon and complete a gauntlet of tasks with it by Dec. 31, 2012, will snatch the $20 million grand prize. The second team to achieve lunar victory by 2014 will take $5 million in prize money, and another $5 million is on the table for difficult bonus objectives. With all of the new entrys into the competition Google and the ...

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