Google Lunar XPRIZE $20M Race To Moon Gets Its First Team
An Israeli startup has become the first competitor in Google's $20 million race to the moon. But getting a craft up there won't be enough to win.By Ryan Biek | October 7, 2015
The "space race" is back, only now, it's a little more literal, and it doesn't involve the Soviet Union and NASA. (Video via Google)
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is a competition to see who can send an unmanned spacecraft to the moon first. Sixteen spots are available for teams from around the world who will be vying for the $20 million grand prize.
But getting to the moon isn't the only challenge. To win, a team's craft must travel 500 meters on the moon and send back plenty of video and images.