Moon Minute: Fully Funded!
Google Lunar XPRIZE team Moon Express has recently fully funded their mission to the Moon!
Completing a $20 million round of funding, Moon Express has accomplished one of the most difficult challenges for any space mission - raising the money.
Set to launch with the New Zealand-based Rocket Lab later this year, Moon Express plans to land on the Moon, fly 500m, and stake their claim to the $20 million Google Lunar XPRIZE Grand Prize.
Of course they’ll have to beat the four other Google Lunar XPRIZE teams, but now that they’ve got their fundraising out of the way, as well as legal clearance from their home government, the United States -- a major milestone for private space exploration -- the team is that much closer to the finish line!
It should be an exciting race to watch, especially as Rocket Lab tests their Electron rocket in Mahia, New Zealand, and a new lander from the team is unveiled. Stay tuned!
Author: Nick Azer; Editor: Susan Emmer