Selene - X-Teams race for the right to rove on the moon
Selene, a joint German-Chinese venture, has a minimalist rover prototype that forgoes wheels altogether.
It is designed to skid its way 500 metres across the surface driven by a small rocket.
Selene also wants to set off fireworks on the moon when the rover lands to celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon.
More than a dozen teams are racing to claim the $30 million Lunar X Prize for landing a robot rover on the moon.
This article first appeared on New Scientist.