Five teams cleared for X Prize moon race

Image: Lunar lander
An artist’s conception shows Team SpaceIL’s lunar lander. (Credit: SpaceIL)

The organizers of the Google Lunar X Prize competition confirmed that five teams have been cleared to go after the $20 million grand prize, and doled out a total of $1 million to all 16 teams that entered.

These five teams previously reported that they had launch contracts for missions to the moon, and that those deals had received the XPRIZE seal of approval.

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By Alan Boyle

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