Saturday 21 September 2019

Nasa turns to private sector for next moon mission

Nine companies will be vying for the right to run the mission.

The moon viewed from Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)
The moon viewed from Edinburgh (Jane Barlow/PA)

By Marcia Dunn, Associated Press

America’s next moon landing will be made by private companies, not Nasa.

Nasa administrator Jim Bridenstine announced on Thursday that nine US companies will compete in delivering experiments to the lunar surface.

Mr Bridenstine said Nasa will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there.

The goal is to get science and technology experiments to the surface of the moon as soon as possible.

The first flight could be next year with 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.

The announcement comes just three days after Nasa landed a spacecraft on Mars.

Nasa wants to see how it goes at the moon before committing to commercial delivery services at Mars.

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