An Autonomous Audi Quatro with Stereoscopic Cameras on the Moon Next Year?
Audi (Germany) plans to send its Lunar-Quattro all-wheel-drive rover (pictured below) to the Moon as part of the $30 million (£20.8m) Google Lunar XPrize. The rover will be with the PT Scientists (Berlin, Germany) mission competing for the XPrize Challenge. Watch the Mission Statement video here under.
Paying a Visit to Apollo 17
The Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) will touch down 2 to 3 miles from the Moon touch down site of Apollo 17 in the Taurus-Littrow valley in 1972 with Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt on board. In accordance with NASA preservation guidelines, the PT Scientists' vehicles cannot land any closer than 1.24 miles (2 km) away, and it cannot get any closer than 200 meters from the Apollo site.
The Audi Moon Rover
The moon is our closest neighbor in the solar system. Since the dawn of time, it has played a defining role in our lives: landmark for pioneering seafarers, the ruler over the tides, dream goal of little boys. Even though mankind has set foot on its surface more than 40 years ago, it still seems distant and unreachable. But this is about to change forever. This is a mission about the challenges that lie in the 384.400 kilometers that separate the earth from the moon. A story about breaking rules, going places where no one else dares to go. About trying, failing – and trying again. And about the strongest, most powerful fuel of all: pioneering spirit.