Audi has partnered with PT Scientists, a Google Lunar X Prize team, to develop a vehicle specifically to examine the Apollo 17 moon rover left on the surface. What does the winning team get? How does $20-million sound? The team hopes to launch two rovers by late 2017, sending live HD pictures to Earth as they travel to within 656-feet of the Apollo rover, left on the lunar surface in 1972, and inspect it remotely. The launch is set to take place on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Continue reading for another video and more information.
“Participants in the contents face a Dec. 31 deadline to submit launch contracts to the X Prize Foundation and have them validate the contracts in order to continue in the competition. So far, on three teams have done this: Moon Express, SpaceIL and Synergy Moon.The initial mission, which could win the $20 million first prize in the Google Lunar X Prize, involves landing their Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) lander 2 to 3 miles from the touch down site of Apollo 17 in the Taurus-Littrow valley in 1972,” reports Daily Mail.