Google broadcast an adaptation of a short documentary recording the history of space exploration and its efforts to stimulate what it calls a “new space race”.
The 24-minute film, Back To The Moon For Good – The New Space Race, was originally shown in planetariums around the U.S. It begins with narrator Tim Allen recounting early missions to the Moon, before covering the company’s Lunar XPRIZE, a competition for privately funded teams that can develop their own vessels capable of reaching the Moon’s surface.
The winning entries are required to not only land on the Moon, but transmit video and pictures from its surface after traveling at least 500 meters.
The first team to accomplish this feat by Dec. 31 will claim a $20 million grand prize.
“Children who once played at being astronauts have grown up, had children and even grandchildren of their own,” Allen says. “Now, the next generation of explorers will make the journey.”