Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Google Lunar X-Prize

We have another X prize for private space development.

Google is sponsoring a prize to put a rover on the moon. $20 million for first place. $5 million for second place. $5 million in bonus prizes for fulfilling additional requirements.

The Google Lunar X-Prize

As one who holds that the future of the human species depends on getting at least some of us off this rock, I have often argued for space prizes as a way of accomplishing this.

I only wish the government would get into the act.

NASA is building a lunar base for $104 billion. Imagine that same $104 billion offered as a set of prizes for private accomplishments. NASA would be able to cut this budget in half and still end up promoting twice as much space development.

At least somebody is thinking about the future of the species.

1 comment:

Hume's Ghost said...

I'd like to see human exploration of Mars before my life is over.

Have you browsed Post Cards from Mars? The book is amazing and I hope that it will inspire a new generation to dream of the stars.

I'd also like to see more probing of Titan since it might yield information that will help us to understand the origins of life. The Cassini-Huygens probe will be doing another flyby of Titan on Oct. 17