jedibfa writes: Las Cruces International Airport came alive with applause and cheers this afternoon as John Carmack's Armadillo Aerospace took the first place prize for the Level 1 challenge of the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge winning $350,000 and bragging rights. Read all the details at MSNBC. Adding to the excitement of the day, shortly before completing their second qualifying flight, Armadillo Aerospace and The Rocket Racing League announced a joint program to develop a sub-orbital tourist vehicle that will fly out of the New Mexico based Spaceport America and cost less than $100,000 per ticket. Finally, Sunday, the team will have three opportunities to go for the Level 2 challenge that more closely approximates the required performance for a real lunar landing. Good luck, Armadillo Aerospace, both Sunday and in their new endeavor!
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