Five teams qualified as finalists for X Prize Foundation’s Moon mission

Five teams qualified as finalists for X Prize Foundation’s Moon mission

A total of five international teams have qualified as finalists in an ambitious ongoing race to the Moon, Google-funded X Prize Foundation has announced.

The five finalists are: Moon Express of Florida, Hakuto of Japan, SpaceIL of Israel, Team Indus of India, and an international team of enthusiasts hailing from more than fifteen countries, called Synergy Moon.

Chanda Gonzales-Mowrer, senior director for X Prize Foundation, said that they were very thrilled to have five contenders, who are working from all over the globe on the mission, qualified as finalists.

Speaking on the topic, Gonzales-Mowrer added, "Each of these teams has pushed the boundaries to demonstrate that you don't have to be a government superpower to send a mission to the Moon, while inspiring audiences to pursue the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics."

To win the first prize of $20 million, a contender must land a spacecraft on the Moon's surface, move it 500 meters and send video and photos back to Earth. The second winner will get a prize of $5 million.

While SpaceIL has plans to launch its spacecraft using a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, Synergy Moon will rely on Interorbital Systems. Hakuto and Team Indus will share a ride on the Indian Space Research Organization's (ISRO's) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. Moon Express will rely on Rocket Lab, a new aerospace firm that will soon embark on test flights.


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