Part-Time Scientists is a German-based team of scientists that is taking part in the Google Lunar XPRIZE contest to win the $30 million USD prize, which will allow them to build and send an unmanned rover to the moon. The Part-Time Scientists team has partnered up with Audi to tap into the luxury car brand's knowledge of lightweight construction, piloted driving, quattro drive and electric mobility.
Slated to launch sometime in 2017, Hypebeast writes, "The contest is Google’s effort to encourage engineers around the world to develop low cost robotic methods to explore space, and in order to win, Part-Time Scientists must successfully place a robot on the moon’s surface that explores at least 500 meters while transmitting high definition video and images back to earth."
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