WIRED - Moon Race Brings 29 Teams to the Starting Line

When a couple dozen companies sign contracts containing the words “moon” and “landing,” it’s a good indication that private lunar exploration is heating up.

The Google Lunar X Prize on Thursday announced that 29 teams had signed contracts making them the official competitors for more than $30 million in prizes. The competitors, headquartered in 17 different countries, have been crafting promising business plans and rolling out prototypes. One team, Astrobotic Technology, has even arranged its rocket ride to the moon already.

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