Google’s $30 million Lunar X Prize competition is over and nobody won

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You've got to hand it to Google. The company did everything in its power to push private companies into space with its Lunar X Prize — a competition that tasked participants to build and launch a robotic spacecraft to the Moon and snap some footage — including putting $30 million in the prize pool and extending the deadline by years when it was clear that all the companies were well behind schedule. Now, over a half decade removed from the contest's original end date, the company is finally throwing in the towel and declaring that there is no winner.

At the moment, the final deadline for the competition is March 31st, 2018, but it's already clear that none of the remaining participants will be able to complete a launch by that date. The closest team is still several months away from even preparing a launch, and has stated that it wouldn't be ready until much later this year at the earliest. The $20 million first prize and $5 million second prize will go unclaimed, while an additional $5 million set aside for various milestone accomplishments has already been given out.

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