Google to fund private moon landings

Mikey 3 comments
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Google to fund private moon landings

Google, you know those guys, are putting up a $US30 Million pool of cash for anyone who can soft land any craft on the moon.

Interested parties have until the end of 2012 to complete a safe landing. A top prize of 20 million will be awarded to the first firm to complete a soft landing that also completes a series of tasks, which includes roaming the lunar surface for at least 500m and gathering specific images and video.

5 million will be awarded to the second firm who completes a soft landing and shoots any pictures. A bonus 1 million will be awarded if the craft is able to etch the words 'All your base are belong to Google' on the lunar surface, although this is unconfirmed at this stage.

More info at BBC News.

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Monday 17th September 2007 | 12:53 PM

Considering what NASA says it costs to build their crafts, it really doesn't seem that $30m is enough to reward the winner.

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Monday 17th September 2007 | 01:34 PM

The total cost for NASA to get something in orbit or even off the launch pad also includes the salaries of all management levels and hundreds of team members/technicians/engineers etc...

Comparatively speaking a private enterprise should be able to do it at a fraction of the cost.

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Nate >.>

Friday 28th March 2008 | 12:28 PM

Book now for your room at the Lunar Holiday Resort.

Only $589,937.50 per person per night, room service not included.

Heh :p

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