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Google Moon Shot: YouTube’s New Best Friend

Google Moon Shot: YouTube’s New Best Friend

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    Apr 22, 2016   Author : admin

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The Google Moon Shot series is a fascinating series of web documentaries focussing on the people who have been inspired by the Google Lunar Xprize.

This is a competition that Google set up at that they say offers the biggest prize ever dreamed up. The person or team that can create a way of affordably accessing the Moon and beyond will win an astonishing $30 million.

The documentaries have been put together by director Orlando von Einsiedel and executive producer J.J. Abrams. They have made 9 short films which focus on the people who have decided to take up this once in a lifetime challenge to alter the course of human history.

As you can imagine, the inventors, engineers and scientists who have risen to the challenge are an interesting bunch of characters. It is great entertainment to watch as they explain their reasons for going for the prize and the sacrifices that they have made in order to do so.

The deadline for the Google Lunar Xprize is currently set at the end of 2017. At the last count there were 16 teams left in the running. In fact, two of these teams (SpaceIL and Moon Express) have got verified launch contracts for 2017 already in place. The other teams have until the end of 2016 to get a verified launch date arranged.

The winning team will be the first one that sends a robot to the Moon. The robot will have to travel a minimum of 500 metres and send back high definition images and video footage.

The Moon Shot videos show us how some of the participants in this unique event have been swept up in it. It is a riveting watch as we see how the lunar challenge fills them with passion and hope. It will definitely be worth following this competition to see who wins the giant prize eventually. 

Images:, SpaceAnswers | MYC Writer: Robert Bell

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