Step aside, NASA. The race between private sector teams to capture the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize is under way.
The teams, some of which have divulged details about their plans this week, are required to land a privately-funded robotic spacecraft on the lunar surface, explore the nearby area, and transmit results of the exploration back to Earth. The grand prize is $20 million, with a second prize of $5 million and bonuses of $5 million.
One announcement came on Thursday from a group called Odyssey Moon, which said at an event in San Jose, Calif., that it was … Read more