"grand challenge for the moon" ?

I didn't see this posted here,
it came from SeattleRobotics group on yahoo:
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Date: Fri Dec 2, 2005 1:28 pm
Subject: "Grand Challenge" for the moon mtrivich
FYI
"NASA announced two new cash prizes Friday, each with a weighty $250,000 purse, in a pair of contests aimed at developing robotic systems for space exploration.
The space agency is challenging innovators to build an autonomous aerial vehicle to navigate a tricky flight path or robots capable of building complex structures with only limited guidance from their human handlers, NASA officials said.
The contests - dubbed the Planetary Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and Telerobotic Construction challenges, respectively - are part of the agency's Centennial Challenges <http://www.space.com/news/050323_centennial_challenge.html program to spur interest in commercializing space technologies. Both challenges will make their competitive debut in 2007, NASA officials said."
http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/051202_robotics_challenges.html ""
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snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

$250k doesn't sound like much compared to DARPAs cool $1mil. But nobody's doing it for the prize money anyways, right?
We needed something to replace DARPA anyway.
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