SOURCE: X PRIZE Foundation

December 15, 2008 07:00 ET

Update: Google Lunar X PRIZE to Announce Three New Competitors in San Jose, CA

Three Announcements to Be Made at Two Separate Locations: One at Google Headquarters, the Other at NASA Ames, Mystery Team Will Be Revealed

PLAYA VISTA, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2008) -


What:     The X PRIZE Foundation will announce three new competing teams
          for the Google Lunar X PRIZE next Tuesday, December 16th and
          Wednesday, December 17th. Two new teams will be announced on
          Tuesday, Dec. 16th via tele-press conference and a third in
          person at NASA Ames.

          Tuesday, Dec. 16th: The X PRIZE Foundation will reveal the names
          and background of two new competitors via a press tele-conference
          at Google headquarters (RSVP for conference call number). In
          addition, a current Google Lunar X PRIZE team LunaTrex will also
          be making an announcement.

          Wednesday, Dec. 17th: The stealth team (AKA "The Mystery Team")
          whose members' identities have thus far remained a secret, will
          reveal their true identities in person, at NASA Ames.

          The $30 million (USD) 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:      Dr. Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman & CEO of X PRIZE Foundation,
          Robert K. Weiss, President of X PRIZE Foundation, Team Leaders
          and other team members

When:     Tuesday, December 16th        Wednesday, December 17th
          Teleconference: 8:30 am PST   Mystery Team revealed in person:
                                         8:30am PST


Where:    Google Headquarters           NASA AMES - in person
          Tele-Conference only          Ames Research Center, Moffett
          RSVP for call-in number        Field, CA
                                        650-604-3937

RSVP and  Tues event: RSVP to Michael Timmons; 310.741.4884;
Contacts:  prcontact@xprize.org by Monday, Dec. 15th
          Wed event: RSVP to Michael Mewhinney;
           michael.s.mewhinney@nasa.gov; 650-604-3937 or
           Kimberly Newton; 650-604-5026

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. In 2004, the Foundation captured the world's attention when the Burt Rutan-led team, backed by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, built and flew the world's first private spaceship to win the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for suborbital spaceflight. The Foundation has since launched the $10 million Archon X PRIZE for Genomics, the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, and the $10 million Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE. The Foundation and its revolution partner BT Global Services are creating prizes in Exploration (Space and Oceans), Life Sciences, Energy & Environment, Education and Global Development. The Foundation is widely recognized as the leading model for fostering innovation through competition. For more information, please visit www.xprize.org.

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