Submitted by Abhijit Chakraborty on February 21, 2011 - 10:07am
In their hope to boost the development of low-cost robotic space exploration, Google recently announced the final line-up of teams that would be competing for its prestigious Moon-explorer prize.
The prize money, a whopping $30 million (£18.5 million) would go to the team that would first build the robotic explorer to send back videos, as it travels over 500 meters on the lunar surface.
The competition, which was first announced in 2007, could find a winner by the year 2015.
“The official private race to the Moon is on,” said Peter Diamandis, Chief Executive of the X-Prize Foundation.