Yesterday we showed you a fleet of 16 moon rovers that qualified for competition in Google's $30 million Lunar X Prize, awarded to the first private enterprise team to land a robot on the lunar surface, have it travel at least 1,650 feet (500 meters) and transmit data and images back to Earth. To help accelerate the hype and peer into the motivations and mania surrounding this historic contest, director J.J. Abrams is executive producing a new documentary short series titled Moon Shot. Directed by filmmaker Orlando von Einsiedel (Virunga), the new project centers around the ambitious teams and their crazed race to be the first into space and plop their privately-funded rovers down in the lunar soil. December of 2017 is the mission deadline and two teams have already secured launch deals to hitch a ride to the moon next year.
Here's the official synopsis:
Academy Award®-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot and Epic Digital have joined forces with Google and XPRIZE to create a documentary web series about the people competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE. The Google Lunar XPRIZE is the largest prize competition of all time with a reward of $30 million and aims to incentivize entrepreneurs to create a new era of affordable access to the Moon and beyond, while inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers.
This character-driven, emotional, awe-inspiring series of 9 short films will follow a selection of the teams currently racing to complete their missions. It will explore the lives of their charismatic, quirky members, the sacrifices they have made to get to where they are today, and crucially, what drives them on this incredible journey.
Have a look at the new trailer for this inspiring documentary series and follow the upcoming episodes for free starting March 15 on Google Play, and on YouTube on March 17.
(Via Geek Tyrant)