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Israelis say their lander will soon fly to the moon

SpaceIL, an Israeli team that was once a competitor in the now-defunct Google Lunar X Prize, says it will have its lander launched toward the moon in December. The lander will be a secondary payload on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket taking off … Continue reading

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XPRIZE resurrects commercial moon race

Less than a week after the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize officially expired, its organizers say they’re relaunching it as a non-cash competition to put a privately funded lander on the moon. They’re also looking for a new sponsor to … Continue reading

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XPRIZE confirms no one will win moon race

The organizers for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize competition acknowledged today that the award for a commercially funded lunar landing will go unwon, despite a decade’s worth of work. But the California-based XPRIZE foundation’s top executives said they … Continue reading

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Moon ambitions get a reality check — and a boost

Who’s going to the moon? The prospects are looking dimmer for any commercial lunar landings in the short term — but Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture today used a milestone in space history to spotlight its longer-term lunar … Continue reading

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XPRIZE teams get more time for moonshots

The Google Lunar XPRIZE finalists now have $4.75 million more to shoot for with the moon missions they’re planning, and more time to shoot for the moon as well. The competition was set up a decade ago to encourage commercial moon exploration, with Google … Continue reading

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Moon Express unveils its lunar roadmap

Moon Express has laid out the plan it intends to follow to send probes to the surface of the moon and start bringing lunar samples back to Earth by 2020. The plan calls for completing work on Moon Express’ MX-1E lander … Continue reading

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Five teams cleared for X Prize moon race

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 … Continue reading

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