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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