No money has changed hands yet, but over the next 10 years Commercial Lunar Payload Services Program aims to send at least two landers to the moon per year, with an overall budget of $2.6 billion.
Jim Bridenstein, the Nasa administrator, suggested that Mr Musk, an entrepreneur who is financing commercial space exploration, had acted inappropriately given his role with the company.
Near the other end of the corporate spectrum is Orbit Beyond, a small company with plans to develop a series of lunar landers. NASA explained to TheBlaze that all of these companies were now on contract with the agency, and that NASA would look at "cost, schedule and technical feasibility" when it came to issuing task orders for specific missions. The mission aims to prove SLS is safe and reliable by sending an uncrewed Orion spacecraft around the moon and back to Earth.
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Apart from building a human colony on Mars, scientists are also planning to build up a colony on the moon, and as per Russian scientists they will make it happen within 20 years.
Private companies - instead of NASA - will lead the race back to the moon, with launch target dates set for 2019 - the 50 anniversary of the first manned moon landing.
Bridenstine said NASA wants the companies to succeed, but "is certain some of the efforts will fail", AP reported. This image of the moon was taken above Newfoundland from the International Space Station. Some of its current technology developments include a universal reentry vehicle and a lunar lander.
NASA along with Musk's SpaceX and Boeing is developing transportation systems that would allow the U.S. to fly astronauts from American soil for the first time since the space shuttle was retired in 2011. In a news release, NASA said that "w$3 orking with USA companies is the next step to achieving long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and Mars".
Zurbuchen said Thursday that a mobile lunar laboratory remains one of NASA's goals for Moon exploration, though such a mission would likely be developed through a more traditional process.
NASA Administrator James Bridenstine delivers remarks as he tours the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018.
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A layout of NASA's Moon to Mars mission. It also plans to construct a station in orbit around the moon called the Gateway.
Facebook documents seized by MPs investigating privacy breach
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NASA chooses private companies for future moon landings
One of the nine companies will be tasked with delivering science and technology payloads to the surface of the Moon for NASA. Speaking later to AFP , Bridenstine said the review shows how seriously NASA takes the safety of its astronauts.
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