Remember the days when you looked up to the Moon and dreamed of becoming an Astronaut just so that you could go to the Moon and jump up here and there with nominal gravity holding you down.
Well, what if I tell you that your private space exploration might actually become a reality in future not so far.
Google and Xprize with the motive of affordable space exploration are motivating space explorer prospects around the world to compete in a Moon Race named Google Lunar XPRIZE. With a total prize pool of $30 Million, the winners of the competition would be rewarded with the Grand Prize of $20 Million whereas the runner up team will get a reward of $5 Million.
There are 16 teams from different countries that are participating.
Brazil, Canada, Chile, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, the United States, and other International teams.
Below are the 5 teams that have shown tremendous progress in their respective projects and are also the winners of The Milestone Prizes.
Astrobotic has won the most Milestone Prizes amongst the participants. Their progress has been rewarded with $1,750,000 Million in Landing, Mobility, and Imaging.
Team Moon Express is the second from The US to have participated in the competition.
The team has won 2 Milestone Prizes worth $1,250,000 Million in the Landing and Imaging segment.
This German team likes to call themselves The Part Time Scientists and they have won a total of 2 Milestone Prizes worth $1,250,000 Million.
Mobility and Imaging are the 2 segments that the team participated for and won.
This team of space entrepreneurs called INDUS from India has already won a Milestone Prize of $1 Million in the Landing segment which will help speed up their project.
Hakuto is the 5th team amongst the participants to have won the Milestone prize. Hakuto got The Milestone Prize of $500,000 in the Mobility segment.
The contestants have to complete the 3 goals of the Race until 2017 i.e. making a privately funded spacecraft, cover a distance of at least 500 meters, and send back high-definition feed from the Moon's surface to Earth.