Lunar Landing Sites
With all the buzz in the media lately about the status of the teams competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE and who's leading, I thought it would be fun to add a little visual stimulation to compliment all the articles being written.
Although many of the teams are making big announcements, it's still anybody's game, and 15 teams have let us know where they plan on landing when they finally make it to the moon. Here is a chart I put together to illustrate who plans on landing where and, from the looks of it, we've got just about the whole moon covered! It's great to see such a variety of goals but even more exciting is the fact that a chart like this even exists. Sites vary for a number of reasons from landing near different Apollo heritage sites (some for photos and some for interaction) to landing near the north pole to search for water ice! So much science to do...
We are in the beginning stages of mapping out commercial travel to the moon! Just think, one day you'll be able to punch in a few letters into Google Maps and the rest will auto-fill with your destination in the Sea of Tranquility... just don't try it with Apple Maps. Who knows where you'll end up then.
Where would you go?
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