Google's Lunar X Prize is to recognise guidelines from NASA aimed at protecting historic lunar sites.
The X Prize is a Google sponsored competition in which private companies will attempt to land a robotic rover on the moon. NASA's new guidelines have been put forward in a bid to avoid any potential disturbance of the historic Apollo landing sites on the lunar surface.
26 teams are currently working towards the goal of landing a rover on the moon, an achievement that would see private companies enter in to the field of robotic space exploration for the first time. Over $30m worth of prizes are to be awarded to the teams who succeed.
"NASA and the X Prize Foundation of Playa Vista, Calif."
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