Google Lunar XPRIZE Competition To Land On The Moon Sees Israeli Company Take The Lead
A clear frontrunner has emerged in the Google Lunar XPRIZE (GLXP) contest that is challenging private companies to land a spacecraft on the Moon. An Israeli-based team is the first to purchase a launch contract – a flight on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, expected in the second half of 2017, in a bit to win the competition.
If all goes to plan, the Tel Aviv-based company known as SpaceIL will not only scoop first place and a $20 million (£13 million) share of the $30 million (£20 million) prize fund, but it will also become only the fourth organization or agency to land on the Moon (the Soviet Union, the U.S. and China are the others), and obviously the first Israeli effort.
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