Carnegie Mellon University professor of robotics William "Red" Whittaker walks near the structural assembly of their lunar landing craft during a news conference at the Planetary Robotics Lab at ... more 
Carnegie Mellon University professor of robotics William "Red" Whittaker walks near the structural assembly of their lunar landing craft during a news conference at the Planetary Robotics Lab at Carnegie Mellon University on Wednesday, June 15, 2011 in Pittsburgh before shipping it to a Boeing Co. facility for shake testing. The gold spheres in the platform simulate the shape and placement of the craft's fuel tanks. CMU is working with Astrobotic Technology Inc. in an effort to land a privately funded spacecraft with a robot and commercial payload on the moon. They hope to win the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize by accomplishing that and sending the robot 500 meters on the moon after landing and then sending back video, images and data back to Earth. The plan is to have it launch in 2014. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Keith Srakocic
Wed, Jun 15, 2011 1:58 PM EDT