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Google will give you $20 million for landing on the moon

The big news to come out of Wired magazine's NextFest is that Google has put a $20 million bounty out there for the first private team to successfully land a Spirit-style rover on the moon, a la the Ansari X Prize. If this marketing video is any indication, there will applicants lining up all over.

The big news to come out of Wired magazine's NextFest is that Google has put a $20 million bounty out there for the first private team to successfully land a Spirit-style rover on the moon, a la the Ansari X Prize. If you're thinking about entering, just make sure your data is compatible with Google Moon (which, by the by, will make it automatically NASA-compliant). For the official spiel, go to GoogleLunarXPrize.org.

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13 comments
spork
spork

Sounds like an easy way to get $20 million

jasondlnd
jasondlnd

But...how much will it cost to get there in the first place?

markbreaux
markbreaux

Really? No one thinks we will do it Dennis? Then why build a spaceport in the middle of New Mexico. http://www.spaceportamerica.com/home.html

ux2x
ux2x

If billy bob can make a rocket and launch it from oklahoma and Maverick (the original one) has already gone to the moon and salvaged the space junk, I guess the only thing left is to put a camera on a rover up there to do the Google Moon show. Yes, I think it is free PR for google and 15 years before they may have to pay out. Now everone to my garage -- we have some planning to do.

Shellbot
Shellbot

i'm there..can we wear star trek costumes ??

Blaster ( ash )
Blaster ( ash )

Can anyone tell me wats the use for google to fund 20 million to someone in this attempt?

ITGuy2k
ITGuy2k

Because Nasa quoted them 25 million for detailed maps of the lunar surface...

dennis.w.king
dennis.w.king

They know that this will never happen. So it's free PR for them. I would like to see it happen and them cough up the 20 million. That would be a blast....pun intended

Blaster ( ash )
Blaster ( ash )

If this is true, then there should be some other reason behind this

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

Something Something Something.. Walking on the Moon (as HOmer would go humming that song) My old VW van had 250,000 miles and it's only 225,000 to the moon; Has a place to sleep, sink with water resevoir, is filled with emergency food... Pop a few plants on the dash below the greenhouse sized front window for oxygen, there are rubber seals around all the doors, silver reflector sun shade when we need it.. Hmmm.. And we need some extra supplies - Someone got a good telescope for spotting faces in mountains, alien cities, and good landing sites, etc? How about a few dozen giant exercise rubber balls for landing and bouncing around? Add some of those fuel cells that produce hydrogen from water and aluminum.. Add a couple surplus booster rockets with solid fuel (how many used tires do I have hanging around I can grind up?).. DOn't forget the 'time dilation' device as mentioned in Futurama, when he discovered the prehistoric old bug van in New-New-York. Maybe the x-prise guy can give me a lift out to low orbit.. Pick up cold drinks at the space station on my way.. See y'all later :) (or some want to come along..? no free rides, gas, grass, or.. Ok just eat some beans first and you'll all be set for helping with the gas)

Shellbot
Shellbot

if ya need any help :) would be an awesome roadtrip..er..spacetrip i guess!

jwood
jwood

Haha, "time-dialation device", great episode... Anyway, good luck sending something to the moon without a government blasting it out of the atmosphere. I doubt they would let a private party land on the moon. ...although, how sweet would it be to get off this rock???

Shellbot
Shellbot

what business do the "government" have saying who can or cannot land on the moon?? What they gonna do about it, have a high speed chase like? If they do object, what would be the reason? What a better way to get the conspiracy theory groups going :) ....would be very sweet to get off this rock

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