Photos and video: X-Teams race for the right to rove on the moon

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Selene - X-Teams race for the right to rove on the moon

Source:  Selene, Shi Xiaojun

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.

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