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X PRIZE Foundation Announces Official Contenders in Private Moon Race

Press Release From: X Prize Foundation
Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2008

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First Group of Teams Registered to Compete for $30 Million Google Lunar X PRIZE

What: The X PRIZE Foundation will announce the first group of teams registered to compete for the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE on Thursday, Feb. 21 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA. A new preferred partner will also be announced.

The Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented international competition encouraging privately funded teams to land a robotic craft on the Moon. The craft must be capable of completing several mission objectives, including roaming the lunar surface for at least 500 meters and sending video, images and data back to the Earth. More information can be found at: www.googlelunarxprize.org.

Who: X PRIZE Foundation Chairman and CEO Dr. Peter Diamandis, previously announced Google Lunar X PRIZE team Odyssey Moon, a group of new teams, and other special guests.

When:

Thursday, February 21, 2008
11:00 am - 1:00 pm PST

Where:

Google Headquarters
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043

RSVP: Access to the Google Headquarters is restricted, and only a limited number of media will be allowed to attend, so it is essential to RSVP by Feb. 19. Additional details will be sent upon RSVP.

Please RSVP to: Becky Ramsey, Communications Director, Google Lunar X PRIZE
Becky.Ramsey@xprize.org, 202.349.1125

Media Contacts:

Becky Ramsey, Google Lunar X PRIZE
202.349.1125, Becky.Ramsey@xprize.org

Sarah Evans, X PRIZE Foundation
310.582.5903, prcontact@xprize.org

ABOUT THE X PRIZE FOUNDATION

The X PRIZE Foundation is an educational nonprofit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. On October 4, 2004, the X PRIZE Foundation captured world headlines when Mojave Aerospace Ventures, led by legendary aircraft designer Burt Rutan and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world's first private vehicle to space twice in two weeks to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE. The X PRIZE Foundation has since launched the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE and the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, and will continue to offer new prizes for breakthroughs in the areas of life improvement, exploration, equity of opportunity and sustainability. The Foundation is widely recognized as the leading model for fostering innovation through competition. For more information, please visit www.xprize.org or email prcontact@xprize.org.

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