Next Giant Leap (www.nextgiantleap.com) publically revealed itself at a press conference on Dec. 17 at NASA’s Ames Research center as the “Mystery Team” – the fourth team to register for the Google Lunar X-Prize. In addition to Draper, “Mystery Team” members include MicroSat Systems, MIT, Busek, and Aurora Flight Sciences. .
The Google-sponsored X-Prize competition was announced in the fall of 2007. To win, a privately funded team must be able to send a spacecraft to the moon, land safely, and then move at least 500 meters across the surface; while there, it must send high-resolution images and video back to Earth. Twelve teams are currently registered for the competition