Google Putting $30 Million Into X PRIZE Robotics Moon Race

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Google and X PRIZE are teaming up to offer $30 million in cash rewards to companies and organizations that can land a robotic rover on the Moon and do a bunch of mission objectives. Their first prize is $25M, second prize is $5M, there's an extra $5M in bonus stuff to the losers.

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The challenge to engineers, physicists, space men, and aerospace moguls is to make and coordinate "orbital mechanics, remote-control robotics, and bring-your-own bandwidth" together in a cohesive unit so it doesn't accidentally cause a rip in our Space Time continuum.

Of course, instead of that great speech that was given the first time we landed on the moon, the robot will throw up a couple 111000101, 1001010101, 010101010101, and a PREPARE TO DIE, EARTHLINGS. [Wired]

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You might want to do a bit of correcting. The articles I read on [Space.com] and [Wired.com] all said a $20M first prize (with a possible extra $5M for extras), and $5M conciliation/second prize for hitting/crashing/landing on the moon but not being able to either move or report back, for a total possible payout of $30M.