SOURCE: X PRIZE Foundation

October 16, 2008 22:50 ET

X PRIZE Foundation Announces New Location for Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge

Competition to Take Place on October 24 and 25 at Las Cruces International Airport in New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, NM--(Marketwire - October 16, 2008) -

What:   The 2008 Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge will take place
        on the originally scheduled dates, October 24 and 25, at a
        NEW LOCATION -- the Las Cruces International Airport in Las Cruces,
        New Mexico. Nine teams are competing for the $2 million in prize
        money; three teams plan to fly in the competition. These teams have
        been preparing for the challenge over the past year and the
        competitive field may be the strongest ever.

        The Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge is a two-level, two
        million dollar competition requiring a rocket-powered vehicle to
        simulate trips between the moon's surface and lunar orbit. The
        X PRIZE Foundation manages the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander
        Challenge for the NASA Centennial Challenges Program, which
        provides the prize purse for the competition.

        Although the competition is not open to the public, the event will
        be webcast live at

When:   Friday and Saturday, October 24-25, 2008
        7:30 am - 5:00 pm MDT

        Las Cruces International Airport, Las Cruces, New Mexico

RSVP:   Access to the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge is
        restricted. If you are a member of the media and you wish to
        attend, it is essential to RSVP by Oct. 21. Additional details
        will be sent upon RSVP.

        Please RSVP to: Becky Ramsey, Communications Director,
        Space Projects, 202.349.1125


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 partner BT Global Services are creating prizes in Space and Ocean Exploration, 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

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