X-Prize to the Moon

From Engadget, there’s this posting about the next X-Prize to the Moon sponsored by Google. Send a Spacecraft to the moon and travel 2km across the surface and return a gig of images and video by 2012 and win $20M. This time, you can be number 2 and win $5M. There’s also a $5M bonus if you surpass the requirements. If you miss the deadline, the prize drops to $15M and expires in 2014. As with preceeding X-Prizes, no government money.

This is the way to do it. It encourages teams to continue on even after the first team arrives. It further encourages the subsequent teams to exceed the performance of the first team.

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