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Did Moon Express just take the lead in the POINT of the Google Lunar X PRIZE?

29 Nov 2011, 19:28 UTC
Did Moon Express just take the lead in the POINT of the Google Lunar X PRIZE?
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On Saturday, NASA launched a sucessor to the two famous Mars Rovers. Curiosity is a very large Mars exploration system designed to pick up where Spirit and Opportunity left off. The first two Rovers have been a spectacular success. Far exceeding any of their design goals and providing us with reams of useful data, and poster worthy images (I have several).
Compared to any of the Mars Rovers, the Google Lunar X PRIZE teams are building technically inferior craft and headed to a destination some 124 million miles closer
Given the difference in technical merits, you may be asking yourself what the point of the Google Lunar X PRIZE is…
Modeled after the $25,000 Orteig Prize won famously by underdog mail pilot Charles Lindbergh in 1927, the Google Lunar X PRIZE is designed to catalyse a commercial space industry by proving that meaningful operations can be conducted on the moon while keeping concepts like profit and loss in mind for all aspects of promotion and operations.
The NASA Curiosity has a budget of around 2.5 billion dollars while most of the Google Lunar X PRIZE teams have budgets under 100 million dollars. This represents a major shift in how we ...

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