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Moon Express Lander

The first Google Lunar X-Prize competitor… inside an unmarked building at NASA they affectionately call Area 51.


The trampoline room allows for soft hopping and airborne flight testing of their robotic lander.


In a nod to the Moon 1.0 efforts of 40 years ago, Moon 2.0 will use the original Lunar Orbiter imaging tapes to prospect good landing spots.


From Odyssey Moon’s corporate site (now defunct, and reborn as Moon Express, as covered by Forbes):

“Forty years ago the Moon was a major focus of human attention and activity. After a little more than ten years of enormous effort and achievement, the governments abandoned their programs, never to return. Until now... and this time the efforts of governments are joined by a growing interest from the private sector to partner in the permanent return to Earth's sister world. This time we are in search of energy, resources, and answers that will help us understand our home planet and secure Humanity's future.


Moon 2.0 begins…”


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Taken on September 20, 2008