HOUSTON—X Prize is forging ahead with its high-stakes Lunar X Prize competition despite Google’s decision to drop its sponsorship. The international competition among private contestants aims to soft land a spacecraft on the Moon’s surface, have it traverse 500 meters and transmit high-definition imagery and data back to Earth. It will continue without the $20 million grand prize incentive on a non-cash basis while the Los Angeles-area organizer seeks new ...

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