Google Lunar X Prize

With a lot of emphasis on the European reality TV plan to give a bunch of humans a death penalty one way ticket to Mars for the sake of entertaining masses back on the 3rd rock from the sun, there’s another reality tv project, still in space, but a little closer to home.  Check out Google Lunar’s X Prize competition!

Science Channel and Discovery Channel today announced that the networks will serve as television homes for the Google Lunar XPRIZE, a $30 million competition for privately-funded teams to land an unmanned craft on the moon by December 31, 2015.  The networks will chronicle the historic race with a miniseries event, following teams from around the world as they race to complete the mission requirements of the Grand Prize; to land a craft on the surface of the moon, travel 500 meters, and transmit live pictures and video back to earth. Science Channel and Discovery Channel will follow the entire process including testing, lift-off, and live coverage of the winning lunar landing, which is estimated to take place in 2015. The announcement was made at Discovery Communications’ annual Upfront presentation in New York. Continue reading »