Star Wars: The Force Awakens may be one of the highest grossing movies of all time, but that doesn’t mean J.J. Abrams is finished using space as a canvas.
The Lunar XPrize is a $30 million competition for a privately-funded mission to get to the moon, land a rover, and travel across the Moon sending back images and telemetry. The Google-sponsored prize has been around since 2007, but it looks like first place is going to come down to a mad dash across the lunar surface.
Not every robot headed into space comes from the professionals, you know. Competitors for the Lunar X Prize have three years to build their own rover and land it on the moon. Here are some of the hopeful bots.
A program called MoonBots will allow children to simulate the conditions of Google's $30 million Lunar X Prize—get rover to the moon, snap HD pics, kick ass—but turns up the quirkiness (and the cool factor) by incorporating Lego.