Private Moon Mission to Revisit Apollo Site

The Apollo 17 landing site could get its first visitors since 1972, as private companies race to land on the moon for the Google Lunar X Prize competition. Germany-based team PTScientists have stated that, as part of the competition, they plan to land two rovers—built with help from Audi—on the moon near the abandoned landing site, and visit the lunar buggy left behind by NASA more than four decades ago. “Has it been ripped to shreds by micrometeorids, or is it still standing there like on the day they left?” said the team’s rover driver, Karsen Becker. “This is scientifically a very interesting site for us.” As Gizmodo jokingly suggested, such a mission would also finally (hopefully) silence conspiracy theorists who maintain that all of the Apollo moon landings were a hoax.