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Three light-skinned men stand around a white rocket-like structure, which features a spherical object atop a four-legged metal stand. There are fuel tanks, valves, wires, and other mechanisms all over the body and base of the rocket. The men are each wearing blue jumpsuits and black and red safety headphones. Behind the group, out of focus, is a corn field and overcast sky.

Lunar Lander Challenge (2009)

Lunar Lander Challenge (2009) – Armadillo Aerospace, a spacecraft engineering startup based out of Mesquite, Texas, make final inspections on their rocket whose mission is to safely take off and land on a simulated surface that resembles the Moon. The team of engineers ended up taking second place in the 2009 competition, earning a prize of $500,000.

Image Credit: NASA/James Blair