You are fined one credit for a violation of the Verbal Morality Statute.

There’s a Bad Moon on the Rise

So this new movie Apollo 18 looks siiiick.

THE REAL REASON WE NEVER WENT BACK TO THE MOON

Well, actually, we ARE going back. Not humans per se, but the Google Lunar X PRIZE is trying to kick-start the private space exploration race with a competition to send a data-gathering robot to the moon, and almost 30 teams have jumped onboard.

via xprize.org:

“The $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented competition to challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the Google Lunar X PRIZE, a privately-funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters (1/3 of a mile) and transmits high definition video and images back to Earth. The first team to do so will claim a $20 million Grand Prize, while the second team will earn a $5 million Prize. Teams are also eligible to win a $1 million award for stimulating diversity in the field of space exploration and as much as $4 million in bonus prizes for accomplishing additional technical tasks such as moving ten times as far, surviving the frigid lunar night, or visiting the site of a previous lunar mission. To date, more than 20 teams from a dozen countries around the world have registered to compete for the prize. The Google Lunar X PRIZE is available to be claimed until the end of the year 2015. For more information about the Google Lunar X PRIZE, visit http://www.googlelunarxprize.org.”

Now that NASA’s funding is in the shitter this could be huge for space exploration. But then again privatizing space could get nice and messy…

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