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After decade, Lunar X prize sets one final deadline

It's officially a five-team space race for $20 million, Quartz reports. The X Prize Foundation announced Tuesday that just five teams remain in its 10-year contest to land a private spacecraft on the moon.<p>According to CNET, the Google Lunar X Prize was first announced in 2007, but none of the 30 …

One of These Five Finalists Could Make It to the Moon in 2017

It’s a mere 239,000 miles or so to the moon. But for the private citizens who must content themselves with looking up at its silvery face instead of …

This Year, Google Is Giving $20 Million to Get a Team to the Moon

Man on the Moon<p>The space race of the mid-20th century was one of the modern era’s greatest periods of concentrated scientific innovation. From …

The new space race: Private moon launches by Dec. 31

A new race to space is on this year — a private-sector one, among the five finalists in the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition.<p>To stay in the race, each …

Space Exploration

Five in final stretch of Moon race

<b>The race to put a privately funded spacecraft on the Moon has just five teams left in the competition.</b><p>The surviving groups all met an end-of-2016 deadline to obtain launch contracts - and these have now been verified by the organisers of the Google Lunar X-Prize.<p>To stand a chance of winning the …

Private Lunar Landers Are Coming, and They’re Like Nothing You’ve Seen Before

The five final contenders for the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize push the boundaries of interplanetary exploration.<p>The race to become the first private entity to land a robot on the Moon is heating up, as five teams close in on the Google Lunar XPrize. The final heat of candidates were winnowed …

Why Donald Trump Could — and Should — Return Americans to the Moon

Despite the “carnage” President Donald Trump described in his Jan. 20 inauguration speech, the fact is, former President Barack Obama left his …

NASA's Super Bowl Branding Play Jumpstarts a Vicious Cycle

Scientists are crap at marketing. Let's keep it that way.<p>Just outside Houston’s NRG Stadium, where Super Bowl LI will kick off under the watchful eye …

SpaceX Delays First Flight From NASA Shuttle Launch Pad

SpaceX on Sunday bumped this week's planned launch of an EchoStar communications satellite until after a mid-February cargo run to the International …

Billionaire closer to mining the moon for trillions of dollars in riches

Moon Express, the first private company in history to receive government permission to travel beyond Earth's orbit, announced Tuesday that it raised …

Put People on Mars by 2033—for the Good of the Nation

Could America be the first country to put humans on Mars? Should it be? And is it a race we can win?<p>WIRED OPINION<p>About<p>Norm Augustine is the former …

Space Exploration

Here's What a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Launch Will Look Like

SpaceX releases a new animation of the big rocket blasting off.<p>SpaceX has given us a preview of flights to come with this animation of the launch of a Falcon Heavy, the rocket that will take the company deeper into space than just low Earth orbit.<p>In the video you can see the rocket's booster stages …

Elon Musk

SpaceX sees U.S. approval for rocket launches by June | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Space Exploration Technologies expects the U.S. Air Force to certify it to compete to launch national security satellites by June, President Gwynne Shotwell told Reuters on Friday.<p>Shotwell said the company’s relationship with the Air Force was better than ever after the two …

Asteroid Mining To Become A Two-Horse Race

Deep Space Industries is due to reveal its plans to mine asteroids. The announcement will occur later today in Santa Monica’s Museum of Flying. Within just two years Deep Space Industries says it will send drones called FireFly to examine asteroids reachable in near-Earth space. Once is has proven …

Mars One Has Officially Raised “Millions” To Build The Red Planet’s First Human Settlement

Mars One, the private not-for-profit that’s planning to build the red planet’s first human settlement in 2023, has secured several million dollars in funding for its mission.<p>Though a few million dollars might pale in comparison to the estimated $6 billion Mars One anticipates this mission will …