Google Lunar X-Prize
The Google Lunar X-Prize, sponsored by Google, offers a total of $30 million in prize money for private, non-governmental entities who land a surface robot onto the lunar surface.
The First Place Prize is $20 million, for a rover which travels a minimum of 500 meters and transmits back high definition images and video.
The Second Place Prize is $5 for the second rover to do so.
There are additional prizes for various other accomplishments.
The Google Lunar X-Prize was founded by Dr. Peter Diamandis, who had also founded the original Ansari X-Prize before it (a $10 million prize for the first privately funded rocket to send an astronaut 100 km up into space (not orbit) twice within two weeks, which was won in 2004 by SpaceShipOne designed and built by Burt Rutan's group funded by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen), and various additional X-Prizes, most of which are not related to space.
It is the "Google" Lunar X-Prize because Google is the company which pledged the prize money.
The prize was announced in September 2007, with a deadline for team registration in December 2010. The deadline for accomplishment of the tasks is December 2015.
A total of 29 teams were announced in February 2011. (More teams applied, but some later merged with other teams, and some dropped out.)
These 29 teams are a good place to look for talented, motivated, and experienced people for a lunar mission.
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