While we have been obsessed with Mars, a big project has been underway to revisit the Moon. This little guy below, a Rover being tested by TeamIndus (India), is small compared to some of the Mars Rovers. It weighs just sixteen and a half pounds.
Google created an XPrize challenge, known as Lunar XPRIZE, with a $20 million prize for the team that could do three things:
- Successfully land on the Moon,
- Travel 500 meter
- Transmit images back to Earth.
Five teams are in the running: Israel, US, Japan, India and International team.
Google is known for it’s ‘Moonshots’ –from balloons that could beam down the Internet to remote parts of the world, to autonomous cars, to cancer research. And of course robots.
And it’s being sponsored if you will, by Google.