Moon Minute: She's Going to the Moon
Her name is Indie – and she’s going to the Moon next year!
She also happens to be a robot and the brave lunar explorer of Google Lunar XPRIZE team, Team Indus whose profile has been on the rise with advocates like Nandan Nilekani (the ‘Bill Gates of Bangalore’), many retired Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientists, and widespread public support.
As part of their effort to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE $30 million competition, Indie will be carried to the Moon on Team Indus’ lander, and then attempt to move 500 meters across Mare Imbrium and send back HD video and data.
If Indie gets to the Moon before the end of 2017 and succeeds in her mission before the other Google Lunar XPRIZE teams still in the race --she’ll collect the $20 million grand prize! She may also decide to compete for additional special prizes like surviving the lunar night.
Stay tuned as we wait for potential news about if and when Indie may make her move in the race to the Moon…
Author: Nick Azer; Editor: Susan Emmer