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Google Goes to the Moon

Posted on Sep 13, 2007
Google's moon adventure

If you can build an intelligent robot that can land safely on the moon and send back HD video by 2012, Google will give you $20 million. The search giant has partnered with the X Prize Foundation, which organizes contests around major technological breakthroughs, for its lunar challenge.


Google Inc. is bankrolling a $30-million contest that could significantly boost the commercial space industry and spur the first non-governmental flight to the moon.

Call it Moon 2.0. The bulk of the prize will go to the first private company that can land a robotic rover on the moon and beam back a gigabyte of images and video to Earth, the Internet search leader said Thursday.

Google partnered with the X Prize Foundation for the moon challenge, which is open to companies around the world. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit prize institute is best known for hosting the Ansari X Prize contest, which led to the first manned private spaceflight in 2004.

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By Who's Kidding Who ?, September 14, 2007 at 10:12 pm Link to this comment
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Who’s Kidding Who ? 20 Million for TV from the moon but $1+ Billion for that crap on YouTube? Do you seriously think anyone is racing to claim this prize?

The world’s inducement for technological breakthroughs is officially in the toilet.

Given the national debt, the USA will soon be owned by China so I guess it doesn’t matter with the repugnicans in charge.

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By Outraged, September 14, 2007 at 8:39 pm Link to this comment

Seems odd that Google is giving this to “the first PRIVATE company” to get to the moon.  Is it me, or does something just not sound right?  Or maybe it sounds too RIGHT.  About a year ago, I was looking at some pictures of the moon, for science class with my son.  And, well you know WE didn’t hear this stuff way back when, but unless I’m mistaken there’s a ton of PLATINUM on the moon.  So, what’s the deal Google.  Hmmmmmmmmm…........

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