Google announced late last week a new X Prize competition. This time, the goal is the moon!
(From X PRIZE Founder – Peter H. Diamandis, MD)
It has been many decades since we explored the Moon from the lunar surface, and it could be another 6 – 8 years before any government returns. Even then, it will be at a large expense, and probably with little public involvement.
The Google Lunar X PRIZE seeks to create a global private race to the Moon that excites and involves people around the world and, accelerates space exploration for the benefit of all humanity. The use of space has dramatically enhanced the quality of life and may ultimately lead to solutions to some of the most pressing environmental problems that we face on earth – energy independence and climate change.
The X PRIZE Foundation could think of no better sponsor and partner than Google. We share a common vision for opening frontiers and a belief that a small dedicated group of individuals can accomplish amazing feats at very low cost.
With the Ansari X PRIZE, we were able to demonstrate that personal spaceflight is possible. Now, a new industry is emerging making it possible for anyone to fulfill their dream of spaceflight. With the Google Lunar X PRIZE we hope to usher in an era of commercial exploration and development, in which small companies, groups of individuals and universities can build, launch and explore the Moon and beyond.
We are very grateful to Google for their support, vision and courage and look forward to working with them to extend the online community to the Moon and beyond.
View more of the press conference, access education guides, and read details of the competition at the Google Lunar X Prize website: