The prize for reaching the moon and completing the basic tasks of roving and sending video and data will bring the winner $20 million, according to the contest rules. An additional $5 million would be awarded for other tasks that include roving more than 5,500 yards or sending back images of artifacts like lunar landers from the Apollo program.
This will NEVER work. NEVER EVER EVER. There is no way that anyone besides the BIG GOVERNMENT AGENCIES could do this. There’s no way the people working working for private entrepreneurs could ever possibly pull this off. It’s going to take NASA years to get back to the moon. No one else HAS A CHANCE!
Note to hopeful competitors: I am TAUNTING you! I am calling your skills into question. I am doubting your manhood. I don’t think you can do it. I am DARING you to prove me wrong!
Murdoc’s thinking of putting together a team for this, it’s so cool.
Via Instapundit. Click the pic for past lunar landing sites.
UPDATE: Brian Dunbar:
This does not solve the ‘it’s freaking expensive to get stuff to orbit’ problem. Unless the winning team solves that problem while they’re low-costing a solution to get a bot to the moon. Or it inspires someone else to work on the problem.
Until/unless the cost to orbit problem gets solved, everything is going to remain astoundingly expensive. Space elevators are one possible solution, but the fact remains that a huge percentage of the cost of any space mission remains the first couple hundred miles.