The team must be the first to successfully place a spacecraft on the moon?s surface, travel 500 meters and transmit HD images to earth Photograph:( Reuters )
Meet Karsten Becker, the German scientist who is preparing for a race to the space - The Google Lunar XPRIZE. The finish line, believe it or not, is the moon. It is a challenge that aims to inspire engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. To win the race, the team must be the first to successfully place a spacecraft on the moon’s surface, travel 500 meters and transmit high definition videos and images back to the earth. What you see here is Becker’s spacecraft - ALINA that is preparing for this out of the world race. It has a 4-wheel configuration with a stereoscopic image camera and a tele lens, which is actually capable of looking at different wavelengths,to do some material composition analysis on the moon. It aims go to Apollo 17, the lunar rover vehicle standing on the moon to see how it has been doing after 40 years exposed to the lunar surface.