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Planetary RadioSeptember 24, 2007

A New Race to the Moon: The Google Lunar X Prize

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Elon Musk

Founder, SpaceX

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Peter Diamandis

Chairman, X Prize Foundation

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Buzz Aldrin

Apollo 11 Astronaut

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Larry Page

Google co-founder

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Shana Dale

Deputy Administrator, NASA

The X Prize Foundation announced its newest competition a few days ago. The Google Lunar X Prize competition will award $20 million to the first private team to put a successful rover on the Moon, and there are other prizes as well. Buzz Aldrin, NASA's Shana Dale, Peter Diamandis, Elon Musk, and Google co-founder Larry Page join the celebration. Emily Lakdawall's Q&A wonders if life on Mars could have been blasted to Earth. And Bruce Betts knows a mouse that has a Planetary Radio t-shirt for our latest trivia contest winner. He joins Mat Kaplan to explore What's Up and announce a new space trivia contest.

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