Google Lunar X Prize founder and chairman Peter Diamandis announces on January 23: “After close consultation with our five finalist Google Lunar X Prize teams over the past several months, we have concluded that no team will make a launch attempt to reach the moon by the March 31, 2018, deadline, … and while we did expect a winner by now, due to the difficulties of fundraising, technical and regulatory challenges, the grand prize of the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize will go unclaimed.”

Looking at a lunar eclipse. Photo by AstroStar via