Friday, September 14th, 2007...7:18 am
Google Gets Behind New Moon Landing
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In news that will no doubt get NASA folk sweating a little, Google has announced they are offering a $20 million prize to the first private group to land an unmanned rover on the moon.
For a company that posted a first quarter profit of $3.66 billion, $20 million is a drop in the water, but it’s still nice to see that there is corporate interest in space exploration.
Nearly 40 years after the USA beat the Soviets to the moon Internet giant Google said Thursday it will give $20 million to the first private group to land a roving robot on the lunar surface — a prize likely to start a 21st-century space race.
The giant purse is being offered by the X-Prize Foundation, which awarded $10 million in 2005 to the first privately funded group to launch a human into space. (source)
With any luck we’ll see another person step foot on the moon in our lifetime.
Link: Google Lunar X-Prize