Images: Lunar landing contest

Images: Lunar landing contest

Summary: The X Prize Foundation and NASA open a contest with $2.5 million in prizes to build the best lunar lander.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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  • Lunar Landing Research Vehicle

    The Lunar Lander Challenge is part of NASA's Centennial Challenges, a program designed to promote technology innovation supporting the U.S. space program.

    For the original Apollo program, NASA researchers first built and tested the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (left), which was called the "flying bedstead," in 1964.

  • Eagle

    Here is the "Eagle," as photographed by Neil Armstrong as it rested on the moon in 1969. After overshooting its landing area, Eagle hovered over rocky lunar terrain until Armstrong found a safe place to land.

  • return

    This concept drawing of a lunar lander helps NASA illustrate how it plans to return humans to the moon.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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