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    Posted on Mar 3, 2016

    J.J. Abrams Documented A Space Exploration Competition That Has A $30 Million Prize

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    J.J. Abrams is clearly a space exploration enthusiast, just look at his resumé: Star Trek, Star Wars, even Super 8 had an alien. But he's taken his space enthusiasm to new levels.

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    Abrams' production company, Google, YouTube and XPRIZE have teamed up to document Google Lunar XPRIZE, a space race that began in 2007. The competition involves teams from around the world trying to successfully land a robot on the surface of the Moon.

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    According to the The Google Lunar XPRIZE press release, this is the largest prize competition of all time. It's meant to incentivize entrepreneurs to create a new era of affordable access to the Moon and beyond.

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    For a team to win, their spacecraft must meet a fair few guidelines. And should they succeed, the $30 million purse will be divided as follows:

    The competition's $30 million prize purse will be awarded to teams who are able to land a privately funded rover on the moon, travel 500 meters, and transmit back high definition video and images. The first team that successfully completes this mission will be awarded the $20 million dollar Grand Prize. The second team to successfully complete the mission will be awarded $5 million dollars.

    Sixteen privately funded teams from around the globe are currently competing, and the mission deadline is December 31, 2017.

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    Abrams and crew documented nine of the sixteen different teams for Moon Shot, a web series consisting of nine "short films." Each film is less than seven minutes long.

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    The teams range from Silicon Valley tech experts, to hackers in Germany, to IT specialists in India, to a father and son in a spare bedroom in Vancouver.

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    All nine episodes of Moon Shot will debut on Google Play on March 15, and on YouTube on March 17.

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    To learn more about GoogleLunarXPRIZE, check out their website.

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