Future lunar landing sites mapped out

January 7, 2011 By Nancy Atkinson, Universe Today
Google Lunar X PRIZE proposed landing sites. Copyright 2011 Phillip J. Stooke and Evadot.com. Used by permission.

Here’s the map of the future: a look where all the contestants in the Google Lunar X PRIZE intend to land on the Moon, in hopes of nabbing the $30 million in prizes available to the first privately funded teams to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon.

Dr. Philip J. Stooke of The University of Western Ontario has put together a this very nifty proposed landing site map based on published data from the Google Lunar X PRIZE Teams. According to Michael Doornbos from the Evadot website, assisting in the visualization, they will be updating the regularly as the public information gets updated.

If you remember, the participants in the Google Lunar X PRIZE not only have to land their robot, but it also has to travel 500 meters over the lunar surface and send images and data back to the Earth. Teams must be at least 90% privately funded. The GLXP hopes to ignite a new era of lunar exploration by offering this largest international incentive prize of all time.

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More information: Find out more at The Google Lunar X PRIZE Website.

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Daein
not rated yet Jan 07, 2011
Lets see if any make it. With Google involved you think they'd be able to put out something bigger than a 30 million dollar bone. Especially considering the future benes.
Quantum_Conundrum
not rated yet Jan 07, 2011
Does google have a 3d map of the lunar surface available for public yet?
Skepticus
not rated yet Jan 07, 2011
The odds are good that someone will snatch the prize in short order, as the technology has improved considerably since the 60's, and there is a wealth of data from the Apollo program and other probes flying around the moon to benefit from. That's why Google only cough up 30 mil. Why pay more if success is a near certainty?
TheFlynn
4 / 5 (2) Jan 07, 2011
Quantum, do you have a computer with access to the internet? Ya, I know that's a stupid question...
TheFlynn
4.5 / 5 (2) Jan 07, 2011
Google Earth comes with Moon and Mars models. Google it.
Quantum_Conundrum
not rated yet Jan 08, 2011
Google Earth comes with Moon and Mars models. Google it.


I'll try it I guess. Never actually thought to check that. It's not something you normally think about.

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