CNET’s Tim Stevens is traveling the globe to meet the teams chasing the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE. He stopped by “CBS This Morning” and sat down with Charlie Rose and Gayle King to discuss these innovators, and the competition that will take us back to the moon.

“CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose also took a look at the history of XPRIZE, and its role as an innovation engine that brings about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is a $30 million competition designed to inspire pioneers to do robotic space transport on a budget. Teams from around the world are well on their way to accomplishing this goal and ushering in a new era of space frontiers.

To win the grand prize ($20 million), private teams (with no more than 10% in government funding) must:

  • Land a robot safely on the Moon
  • Move 500 meters on, above, or below the Moon’s surface
  • Send back HDTV “Mooncasts” for everyone to enjoy

All this must all be completed before the December 31st, 2015 deadline. There are other prizes as well for missions like surviving the lunar night and visiting an Apollo landing site.

In the spirit of Charles Lindbergh, we want to break open Space the same way he broke open aviation. Join us as we open up the Moon and create an epic future in space for all of us!

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