Team Italia, one of the organizations competing to land a robot on the moon by 2012, is planning to launch a swarm of spiders designed to move fast and collect data through sensors and cameras.

Team Italia still has a long way to go to win the Google X Prize—which will award to $20 million to the first team to land a robot, have it move half a kilometer, and send high definition images back to Earth by 2012. They are now in the design phase, which looking at the image, apparently revolves around the idea of freaking out any astronaut coming later in an Orion spacecraft. []