If you’ve ever been bored and felt like putting together some kind of tech project, Google suggested one back in 2007 – and there’s still time to give it a go. The project? A Moon shot. A literal one.

Google’s Lunar XPRIZE offers $20M to the first team able to land a privately-funded robot on the Moon, with other prizes for hitting milestones along the way, and the company has today announced a series of short films documenting the story behind nine of the teams competing for it.

Academy Award-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot and Epic Digital have joined forces with Google and XPRIZE to create a documentary web series about the people competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE … 

Google says that the character-driven series of nine short films will explore the people, the sacrifices they’ve made and “crucially, what drives them on this incredible journey.”

You can watch the trailer below, and follow the project on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook (ok, or on Google+) to be notified when the films are online.

Google revealed last year that two competing teams – one American, one Japanese – appeared to be the front-runners.

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