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From the nation who long associated with space and rockets, a German team is entering the latest race to the Moon.

Team Part-Time-Scientists has announced its entry into the $30million Google Lunar X Prize competition.

Team leader Robert Boehme: "We want to prove to the world that the labor of a few dedicated, hard working people is equivalent with that of a 100 rocket scientists. We believe the future of humans is among the stars. For that to happen, we have to get humans out of low earth orbit again. One doesn't have to be in a space agency to fly into space. Thanks to the X PRIZE Foundation, private companies have built vehicles that can travel beyond the edge of our atmosphere. Going to the Moon, even if it's just a man made robot, is the next logical step for private space exploration."

"I take great pride in the fact that we really are private individuals who are trying to accomplish this goal. Among the Part-Time-Scientists team, we have two physicists, two IT Professionals, two Software Developers and one Hardware Specialist. I certainly hope more people will join us over time. The knowledge for lunar exploration has been around for more than 30 years. How hard can it be? In addition to sending a rover to the Moon, we also know that each team will need to communicate with their respective rovers. Right now, there are only a few ways to accomplish that task, each method requiring the involvement of a government space agency. Once our own rover is ready to begin its journey to the Moon, we aim to have our own means of earth/Moon communication in place, not only for us, but for everyone else to use in future missions. "

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