CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – landing on the next moon of America will be done by private companies – not NASA.
NASA Administrator Jim Bridgestone announced on Thursday that nine US companies will compete in delivering experiments on the surface of the moon. Bridenstine says NASA will buy the service and allow the private industry to develop the details of getting the service.
The aim is to obtain scientific and technological experiments on the Moon's surface as soon as possible. The first flight could be next year. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the landing of the moon.
The announcement comes just three days after NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars. NASA wants to see how it goes to the moon before it is commissioned to commercial delivery services on Mars.