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01-24-2018, 09:35 AM
The Google Lunar X Prize’s Race to the Moon Is Over. Nobody Won. (ARTICLE LINK) (https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/science/google-lunar-x-prize-moon.html?referer=https://www.nytimes.com/section/science)

The Google Lunar X Prize competition, which has spent the past decade dangling a $20 million prize for the first privately financed venture to make it to the moon, came to a quiet end on Tuesday. Not with the ka-boom of a rocket launch or a winner beaming photos back from the lunar surface, but with a tweet and a statement.

The organizers at the X Prize Foundation conceded that none of the five remaining entrants have a chance of getting off the ground by the deadline at the end of March.


The competition, financed by Google and announced with much fanfare in 2007, was a follow-on to the first X Prize competition, for the first privately-financed spacecraft to make it to space. That was won by the SpaceShipOne vehicle designed by Burt Rutan and financed by billionaire Paul G. Allen.

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Too Little Time
01-24-2018, 12:22 PM
There are a lot of people who want a goal reached but are unwilling to spend sufficient to reach the goal, so they entice others to attempt to reach it by offering a pittance.

That is what the Google prize was. No one was a big enough fool to take them up on it. Even Paul Allen the fool who took the first "prize" was smart enough not to be fooled a second time.