Two Audi rovers are being sent to the moon as early as next year by a group of volunteer scientists.
The Audi Lunar Quattro rovers will be sent to the moon to spot the abandoned buggy from the 1972 mission which has spent the last 45 years in isolation on the lunar surface.
The rovers will examine the condition that the lunar buggy is in after spending upwards of four decades in the harsh conditions of the moon.
Karsten Becker of PTScientists, the organisation behind the project, said: "There are so many problems involved with getting there.
The Audi Lunar Quattro
“There is lunar dust, there's the temperature, you have the vacuum, then you have radiation which you are shielded from on Earth because of the atmosphere so anything about getting a rover to the moon is hard.”
Robert Boehme and the Audi Lunar Quattro
Robert Bohme, CEO of PTScientists, added: “You know back in the 60s it was kind of a given thing that only NASA can do this and this is an attitude that we carried over for today.
The Apollo 17 moon buggy
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“Many people will be out there thinking you have to have a white coat in a NASA laboratory and to be really, really smart to do a space mission but that's no longer really the case because we are standing on the shoulders of giants, we can build up on the knowledge that we've gained from Apollo.”
The rovers, which will also feature in the upcoming ‘Alien:Covenant’ movie, will cost around £77million to launch and will send back live HD images from the moon.