Friday, September 14th 2007

Google Sponsors $30 Million USD Moon Landing Challenge

A few years ago, the $20 million USD X Prize kick-started a race into space. And now, the X Prize is going one step and $10 million USD further. The first private organization to land on the moon, travel 500 meters on the moon, take one gigabyte worth of video/pictures, and stream it back to Earth will win $30 million USD. Anyone can win, assuming that they are not working for any particular government. However, be advised, the cost of building such a craft and launching it is quite possibly much more than $30 million USD.

Anyone interested in visiting the techPowerUp! Forums user DaMulta at the moon base should enter the new space race here.Source: DailyTech
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17 Comments on Google Sponsors $30 Million USD Moon Landing Challenge

#1
GLD
It might not cost more then 30mil. to visit the moon. You just need to find a cheap used economy spacecraft like DaMulta must have. How else could he afford the commute? The payments on a new spacecraft would be out of this world. :laugh:
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#4
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Haha...it isnt even worth it.
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#5
W1zzard
its about your place in history not about some money. google should fly to the moon with their own money and paint "google" all over it.
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#6
panchoman
Sold my stars!
by: W1zzard
its about your place in history not about some money. google should fly to the moon with their own money and paint "google" all over it.
:roll: i like this topic lmao.
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#7
d44ve
by: W1zzard
its about your place in history not about some money. google should fly to the moon with their own money and paint "google" all over it.
I don't think painting would work so well in space.....

Hmmmm.... does it? Anyone have any factual input on this? :confused:
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#8
zekrahminator
McLovin
Think about it...

if the moon were to suddenly look like the Pepsi logo, wouldn't you have a raging urge for Pepsi every time the moon came out?
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#9
W1zzard
by: d44ve
I don't think painting would work so well in space.....

Hmmmm.... does it? Anyone have any factual input on this? :confused:
if you spray spray paint on a moon rock it will stick to it because it is sticky and there is gravity. there is no atmosphere so no wind so it wont be blown away. only things happening on the moon are micro meteorites hitting it, which shouldnt be an issue given the size of the google logo up there :)
In regards to how paints dry on a molecular level: imagine that the resin exists as tiny drops in the water surrounded by tiny surfactant molecules. Also imagine the pigment as tiny (particles) in the water surrounded by surfactants... Once you brush paint out onto the wall, the resin droplets begin to lay down onto the surface as the water or solvent begins to evaporate. The resin droplets then "coalesce" or migrate closer together and bind (stick) to each other. The pigment particles begin to stick to the resin. The resin droplets eventually fuse together into one long polymer film on the wall, with the pigment particles trapped and stuck in it.
water will freeze, so you have hard frozen paint
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#10
DaMulta
My stars went supernova
They should just use the local USPS StarGate.
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#11
panchoman
Sold my stars!
by: zekrahminator
Think about it...

if the moon were to suddenly look like the Pepsi logo, wouldn't you have a raging urge for Pepsi every time the moon came out?
:roll: then coca-cola goes outta buisness lmao. it should be painted with one side google and one side pepsi, then it keeps rotating lmao.
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#14
zekrahminator
McLovin
by: DaMulta
They should just use the local USPS StarGate.
You read the little line I put in the end for you? :roll:.
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#15
Glump Bliermp
Well, technically, it does rotate, but from Earth, you'll only ever be able to see one side.
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#16
kwchang007
Oh boy $30 mil...now where am I going to get the money to make this space craft :banghead:
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#17
ktr
Google just finished the transaction of the company my dads works at. They have a shit load of benefits. Car oil change, car wash, on campus doctor, on campus dentist, etc..etc...etc.
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