If you can land a craft on the Moon, roam around for 500 meters, take pictures with your craft, and then send a â€œMooncastâ€ back to Earth, Google wants to give you $20 million.
The Mooncast consists of digital data that must be collected and transmitted to the Earth composed of the following:
â€¢ High resolution 360Âº panoramic photographs taken on the surface of the Moon;
â€¢ Self portraits of the rover taken on the surface of the Moon;
â€¢ Near-real time videos showing the craftâ€™s journey along the lunar surface;
â€¢ High Definition (HD) video;
â€¢ Transmission of a cached set of data, loaded on the craft before launch (e.g. first email from the Moon).
The Google Lunar X PRIZE is designed to spur on imaginations and innovation, though I think itâ€™s taking place partly because Google wants to add Street View images of the Moon to their Google Maps software. Plus, itâ€™s going to make for some awesome YouTube videos!