CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA – America's next moon landing will be made by private companies – not NASA.
NASA Administrator Jim Brentstein announced Thursday that nine US Companies will compete in delivering experiments to the lunar surface. Brittenstein says 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 may be next year. 2019 mark the 50th anniversary of London's first demand.
The announcement comes just three days after NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars. NASA wants to see how it goes to the moon before committing to commercial delivery services at Mars.