5 December 2016
The Daily Mail reported that space exploration company Moon Express has contracted with Rocket Lab to launch Express’ lunar lander spacecraft as part of a plan to mine the moon for “materials like platinum-group metals, rare earth metals, helium-3 and moon rocks.” Moon Express founder Naveen Jain recently said that he believes that journeys to the moon could become as cheap as $10,000 per seat within the next ten years. The article noted that the FAA’s August approval of Express’ moon landing plans “is the first time the US has cleared a private space mission to fly beyond Earth’s orbit,” and said it “sets a legal and regulatory framework for a host of other commercial expeditions to the moon, asteroids and Mars.”  (Image Credit: NASA)
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