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Orbis World Globes Creates 12-foot Moon Globe for Google Lunar X Prize Announcement
Orbis World Globes, a small northwest design
company, producing the world’s most visually authentic giant globes,
announced today that their latest creation, a 12-foot diameter Moon Globe,
was the centerpiece for the Google Lunar X Prize announcement, which took
place last Thursday, at the Wired NextFest in Los Angeles.
Eric Morris, the founder of Orbis and builder of globe displays for the
trade show industry, said today, ‘Installing this globe in the X Prize
announcement display was a proud moment for us. We are very excited to
have one of our new giant Moon Globes contributing to such an amazing and
important event. In our own small way, we are assisting with our return
to the Moon.’
The X PRIZE Foundation and Google announced on September 13th the Google
Lunar X PRIZE, a robotic race to the Moon to win a remarkable $30 million
prize purse. Private companies from around the world will compete to land
a privately funded robotic rover on the Moon that is capable of completing
several mission objectives, including roaming the lunar surface for at
least 500 meters and sending video, images and data back to the Earth.
The Google Lunar X PRIZE is an unprecedented international competition
that will challenge and inspire engineers and entrepreneurs from around
the world to develop low-cost methods of robotic space exploration. The X
PRIZE Foundation, best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for
private suborbital spaceflight, is an educational nonprofit prize
organization whose goal is to bring about radical breakthroughs to solve
some of the greatest challenges facing the world today.
Utilizing the latest generation of NASA satellite imagery, Orbis World
Globes produces globes and custom spheres for trade show exhibits. Orbis
globes are the most visually authentic world replicas available on our
In 1985, inspired by the early photographs of the whole Earth taken by the
Apollo astronauts, Eric Morris founded Orbis. His goal was to bring to
market photorealistic world globes and help change people’s perspective of
our planet. Eric thought, ‘If everyone can see Planet Earth as the
orbiting astronauts observe it, perhaps they will be similarly inspired.’
Orbis World Globes can be produced as large as desired, from 3 to 30 feet
in diameter. They are perfect for permanent installations, such as
corporate lobbies and museum exhibits, as well as temporary displays such
as trade shows and conferences.
Orbis World Globes now makes Moon Globes, featuring NASA satellite
imagery, and custom spheres of all kinds.
For more information, go to www.earthball.com.
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