AAS Imagine '09: Google Lunar X PRIZE by William Pomerantz

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  • The X PRIZE Foundation is a not-for-profit educational institution…
  • We got our start with the Ansari X PRIZE….
  • Prize was actually claimed—big shock to the industry. Huge news story. Inspiring.
  • And now the winning vehicle hangs in the Air & Space Museum, right in the Milestones of Flight hall
  • The story was such a big deal, we got the ultimate signs of popularity—we were on the Daily Show AND we got the google doodle!
  • Does anyone know what this plane is, or why it’s in the museum?
  • (Orteig prize overview)
  • (Longitude prize overview)
  • It’s not even just maxims: it’s NUMBERS and statistics.
  • But let’s go back to the Moon.
  • … and the people of America
  • And we did! We blasted off…
  • We landed on the Moon
  • And we walked around
  • And drove around
  • … and did science there … (that we’re still learning from today)
  • A really, really big deal.
  • Actually, we landed in a couple of places
  • But how much of the Moon did we really see?
  • But then we stopped. (Apollo 15 in Hadley Rille)
  • But perhaps most amazing is just thinking about the people who experienced Apollo.
  • Half of the world’s population wasn’t alive the last time we were on the Moon. Think about that! Half of the world’s population!
  • There’s really only one problem with Apollo. It was SO LONG AGO! This was a top-of the line camera during Apollo
  • … and this was a cutting-edge video camera
  • And this is what the computers looked like. And the workplace!
  • All of which begs the question…
  • (Bonus Prize overview)
  • (rules overview)
  • AAS Imagine '09: Google Lunar X PRIZE by William Pomerantz

    1. 3. The mission of the X PRIZE Foundation is to bring about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity.
    2. 32. When are we going back?
    3. 46. http://www.googlelunarxprize.org http://twitter.com/glxp http://facebook.com/googlelunarxprize http://youtube.com/googlelunarxprize http://thelaunchpad.xprize.org
    4. 47. William Pomerantz Sr. Director, Space Prizes [email_address] +1 323-761-9570

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