|Odyssey Moon is headquartered on the island.|
Internet search giant Google became one of the first to take advantage of the tax break when it announced the Lunar X prize in September 2007, reports the Daily Mail. Twenty-two teams which have worked tirelessly on their contraptions will meet in the Isle of Man Tuesday to fine tune the final details of the missions.
Representing Britain in the competition is the crew behind Astrobotic, a four-wheeled silver machine that resembles a moving road sign. Julian Ranger, the British financier who is raising cash for Astrobotic, said: "We believe we can get the cost (of reaching the moon) down to $50 million, a price tag that will transform lunar exploration and make the moon a target for all sorts of commercial operations. Part of our business plan will be to get our rover to move round the site and take a 3D high-definition film of it."
Other hopefuls in the competition include Team Italia whose craft is a green dome supported by six spider-like legs. America's entry, Jurban, looks like a large worm designed to negotiate the moon's rough terrain of craters with several small capsules joined together in the same way as a train.
The Barcelona Moon Team has entered a more traditional flying-saucer that was built by a jewellery designer. It has a body that resembles an upside down bow with flashing lights on the rim.
The $20 million prize will be given to the first team that lands their craft on the moon and directs a journey of more that 500 metres. This article is from the Economic Times, published by the India Times.
The Google Lunar X Prize was held on the Island over the past weekend.
"Over the course of the two day summit, the teams will present the progress of their missions, discuss the competitions rules and judging procedures and discuss how to best serve the educational mission of the competition while working on their lunar robots. Teams will also meet with key officials and space companies that operate on the Isle of Man, who will provide information and advice to help the teams. Team members and other experts will also take time to visit with local high school students to teach them about the exciting careers that await those who apply themselves in subjects such as science, engineering and mathematics. To celebrate World Space Week, summit attendees will attend a reception and star-gazing in the historic Castle Rushen, Castletown, which dates back to the 13th century.
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