Not every robot headed into space comes from the professionals, you know. Competitors for the Lunar X Prize have three years to build their own rover and land it on the moon. Here are some of the hopeful bots.

The nineteen teams competing for the prize - $20 million, provided by Google - span students to scientists, and multiple continents. But one thing unites them all: they just want to see if it can be done. Fred Bourgeois, from the open source Team Frednet:

What we're doing is a proof of concept: that this can be done, and for less than the government would pay for the same kind of mission.

You Expect That To Make It To The Moon?S

You Expect That To Make It To The Moon?S

You Expect That To Make It To The Moon?S

You Expect That To Make It To The Moon?S

You Expect That To Make It To The Moon?S

You Expect That To Make It To The Moon?S

You Expect That To Make It To The Moon?S

You Expect That To Make It To The Moon?S

You Expect That To Make It To The Moon?S

You Expect That To Make It To The Moon?S


Rovers rev up for Google's moonshot jackpot [New Scientist]