The Google Lunar X Prize (or GLXP) is a collection of cash rewards serving to encourage privately funded teams to launch a rover from Earth, send it to the moon, and move at least 500 meters across the surface, beaming high-definition photos and videos all along the way.
The Google Lunar XPRIZE is helping in funding major missions to space, with a $30 million purse of prizes for the first team to land a rover on the Moon and drive around, sending back high-definition photos to those of us still stuck here on Earth. Five teams have been selected for $6 million in milestone prizes, awarded for completing successful tests over the summer of 2014.
Between now and September, these five teams will be demonstrating the various aspects of their technologies, including the ability to land on the moon (without crashing), drive across the lunar surface (without breaking), and successfully capture images of all that heavenly glory. These tests will take place here on Earth, but each successful completion will earn its team the funds required to get to the moon.
Here are the five teams eligible for the milestone prizes: