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Ptscientists Reserves Rocket to Land Audi Moon Rovers at Apollo 17 Site

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PTScientists rover and Apollo 17, illustration

Artist's rendering of PTScientists' Audi lunar rover driving to the Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle on the moon.

Credit: PTScientists

A Berlin-based group of rocket scientists and engineers are aiming to land a pair of privately funded Audi-branded robotic rovers on the moon and drive them to inspect NASA's Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle, marking 45 years since humans last drove on another world.

PTScientists (Part Time Scientists), one of 16 teams still in the running for the $30 million Google Lunar XPRIZE, has been developing its Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module lunar lander and Audi lunar quattro rovers since 2008. Now, the team has secured a launch contract with Spaceflight Inc., a rocket rideshare broker in Seattle.

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