Private Companies Shoot for the Moon

Odyssey Moon from the Isle of Man stepped forward Thursday as the first private team intent on exploring the moon and claiming Google’s 30-million-dollar Lunar X Prize.

Google announced the prize in September, challenging entrepreneurs to “re-conquer the moon” and launch a “Moon 2.0” era of private lunar visits and enterprises.

“The moon is the eighth continent and we need to exploit it in a responsible way,” said Odyssey Moon chairman Ramin Khadem. “We want to win the Google prize and, if we do, that will be gravy. But either way we are going to the moon.”

The 30-million-dollar offer to the first private team to make it to the moon is good until 2012, when the amount of money drops to 25 million. All the prize money is taken from the table in 2014 if unclaimed.

Source:  AFP

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One Response to “Private Companies Shoot for the Moon”

  1. Ron Anderson Says:

    “The moon is the eighth continent and we need to exploit it in a responsible way” It is indeed. Here’s how it all happened really!

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