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Suddenly Moon Express has become the team to beat. On the rocks, with a twist.

8 Aug 2011, 18:29 UTC
Suddenly Moon Express has become the team to beat. On the rocks, with a twist.
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Something has been bugging me for a while and I’ve got to air it out…
Moon Express has become the team to beat in the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition. They are turning up the heat and this is a great thing.
Armed with a billionaire backer, deep connections in the space and tech industries, and a sudden barrage of press, Moon Express has leaped to the top of the mountain in just a few weeks.
I’ve long said that this isn’t a technical competition. Exploration of space is often pigeon holed into being called a technical problem, but it’s really a money and connections competition.
We’ve had the technical capability to explore the moon for 40 years. Few people doubt, that given the right amount of money, we have the ability to build a base on the moon and explore the rest of the solar system from there.
Moon Express is primarily backed by billionaire Naveen Jain, an sharp minded internet entrepreneur with a golden touch. This gives Moon Express the pockets and credibility to pull off the space mission in the very near future. They’ve taken a different approach to the competition than many of the teams by ...

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