Dr. John L. Reizer
According to the website GIZMODO, a privately funded German Space exploration team is planning to set down a robotic device on the moon in 2017. The team known as PT Scientists is reportedly working with the German car manufacturer, Audi to develop a moon rover that is capable of visiting NASA’s Apollo 17 moon landing site from the 1970’s. Apollo 17 was the last of the Apollo missions to have allegedly landed on the surface of our moon.
The GIZMODO article published on November 30, 2016 makes the case that the privately funded German team, working within the parameters of the Google Lunar X Prize contest rules, will prove once and for all that Apollo was a genuine group of missions that carried astronauts to the moon. We will see as I am not so certain any of this privately funded space exploration stuff will ever come to fruition. And if it does, I am pretty confident the mission will never be permitted to broadcast high definition videos of the Apollo 17 site back to earth. Not that there’s anything at those sites worth photographing if you know what I mean.
Since Apollo officially ended, plenty of credible researchers from all over the world have voiced their doubts about the authenticity of NASA’s claims. Simply stated, many skeptics have maintained a position that the American space agency faked the moon landings.
Mainstream journalists love to quickly label people who question the validity of Apollo as conspiracy nuts. But if you take the time to review all the evidence that supports the conspiracy claims, you will discover, as I did many years ago, some pretty convincing facts that will ultimately lead any unbiased person to the only logical conclusion possible: Apollo featured more “astronots” than it did astronauts.
The Google Lunar X Prize is a competition that was announced on September 13, 2007. It was designed to inspire private teams of engineers and rocket scientists worldwide to develop and employ low cost strategies for robotic space exploration on the moon.
According to the official contest rules, the first private team of scientists to successfully place an unmanned spacecraft on the moon’s surface, have the robot travel 500 meters, and then transmit back to earth a high definition video from the lunar surface will win 20 million dollars. Second and third place teams to arrive on our satellite’s surface and satisfy the same contest criteria will receive 5 million dollars each.
The Google Lunar X Prize website recently reported there are currently five finalist teams that have been awarded contracts to go to the moon in 2017. The teams announced on January 24, 2017 were: SpaceIL, Moon Express, Synergy Moon, Teamindus and HAKUTO.
It is interesting to note that the German team interested in exploring the Apollo 17 site has been excluded from the list of contest finalists. Now there’s a big surprise. (Grinning widely)
Contest rules require that all team launches to the moon be initiated by December 31, 2017 or else prize monies will be withdrawn. How much do you want to wager that none of these missions will get off the ground by the required deadline?
I will update this article in January, 2018 to report on what happens with the teams involved and if any prize money is awarded.
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