Virgin Galactic may enter Google moon race

Virgin Galactic may enter a race sponsored by Google to send the first privately financed mission to the moon.

The Google Lunar X-Prize, which was announced last week in Los Angeles, will give up to $30m to the first company able to land a rover vehicle on the moon. It must be able to travel at least 500 metres, and send high-resolution video, still images and other data back home.

Virgin was part of the team that won the inaugural X-Prize three years ago. The $10m prize was awarded for the first privately funded suborbital space flight.

Will Whitehorn, Virgin Galactic president, said the new competition was “interesting”, adding: “We will certainly have a look at it, but at the moment all our focus is on getting our first vehicles ready and into service.”

Source:  Times Online

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