Google Lunar X Prize awarded the Young Lunar Explorers Award

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[Lunex Press Release - 04.11.2008]
The Google Lunar X Prize (GLXP) received the Young Lunar Explorers Award at the LEAG-ICEUM10-SRR conference, October 30th 2008. GLXP was selected as the winner of the award by the Lunar Explorers Society.

The award was given to the GLXP because of the wide reaching effect the GLXP has had on promoting lunar exploration among young people around the world. Several GLXP teams are run by students or have strong student participation, and the general outreach caused by the announcement of the prize has ignited a world wide desire among young people to be a part of the return to the Moon.

About the Lunar Explorers Society:
The Lunar Explorers Society (Lunex) is an international, non-profit space advocacy group, working for a permanent human presence on the Moon. Lunex focuses its outreach work towards young lunar explorers, and connects them with each other in an informal network. Lunex is quickly expanding its membership base among both young lunar explorers and more experienced professionals. More info about Lunex is available on

About the Google Lunar X Prize:
The Google Lunar X PRIZE is a $30 million international competition to safely land a robot on the surface of the Moon, travel 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send images and data back to the Earth. Teams must be at least 90% privately funded and must be registered to compete by December 31, 2010. The first team to land on the Moon and complete the mission objectives will be awarded $20 million; the full first prize is available until December 31, 2012. After that date, the first prize will drop to $15 million. The second team to do so will be awarded $5 million. Another $5 million will be awarded in bonus prizes. The final deadline for winning the prize is December 31, 2014. More info about the Google Lunar X Prize is available on