Google Goes to the Moon
Posted on Sep 13, 2007
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.