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Google X Lunar Competition

X marks the spot – and there's $30 million in treasure!

The largest international incentive-based prize of all time – The Google Lunar X Prize – hopes to realise something humanity has never accomplished: the safe landing of a private craft on the surface of the Moon. The challenge aims to create a new “Apollo” moment and to facilitate further lunar exploration with $30 million in prizes. In order to win this money, a private company must land safely on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters above, below, or on the lunar surface, and send back two “mooncasts” to Earth. 

The challenge started out with 33 teams in 2007 but is now down to 18 teams from the U.S, Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, Canada, India and Chile. Bobby Brown talks to Space IL – the Israeli team vying for this awesome prize:

SpaceIL explain how and why they want to win – they believe we need a new “Apollo effect”:

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