It was the X-Prize that Burt Rutan’s Spaceship 1 took when it launched into space and recovered.

Google is offering the Lunar X-Prize together with the X-Prize foundation for the first team that lands on the moon and transmits back to earth.

The N-Prize is for a microsat launched into space for a price of under GBP 999,-. The winner will receive GBP 9,999.99 as long as the sat stays up for more than 9 orbits.

In part it’s about pushing boundaries in a bit of a crazy way with some degree of (financial) motivation behind it.

This is an interview with the founder of the prize