It seems like just getting anything close to the moon would be a significant enough accomplishment for an X-prize. Adding in orbital capture and landing a vehicle makes me doubt that we'll see this prize getting awarded anytime soon.
Making the robot autonomous on the moon surface is a challenging job and I think full-time desication is needed! Cudos to the team and wish all success to them!
How this robot will be taken to the Moon? Is there a moon mission in 2014 that Google is also sponsoring?
And I agree to Rick...Apollo landing area should protected as a "heritage" site.
As "heritage" sites, the Apollo landing areas should be protected from intrusion--or at least highly regulated. The next thing we may see then are souvenir hunting robots.
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