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Submission + - NASA setting up $250,000 Mars lander competition (

coondoggie writes: ASA this week said it is exploring setting up one of its iconic Centennial Challenge competitions for companies to build a robotic Mars landing spacecraft. NASA said it would expect to have about $250,000 worth of prize money for a robotic spacecraft that could land on the Red Planet, retrieve a sample and return it to orbit.
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NASA setting up $250,000 Mars lander competition

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