Fly Google to the moon, win $20 million
Google’s sponsering a brand new X Prize, and this one has its sights set a bit larger than suborbital. The brand new contest needs rivals to ship a robotic rover to the moon and beam again a gigabyte of knowledge — together with footage and video — of the journey. The rover additionally has to journey 1,312 ft throughout the floor of the moon. Contest entrants are required to pony up for the launch car themselves, by constructing it from scratch or contracting with an present firm; just like the final X Prize there is no authorities freeloading available right here. If anyone is profitable on this feat by 2012 they will win the $20 million, whereas $5 million goes to second place, and one other $5 million bonus goes to groups capable of surpass the minum necessities. The prize drops to $15 million after 2012 and expires in 2014 if no one manages to win by then. Extra particulars will probably be introduced on the WIRED Nextfest in LA this weekend.