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A New Race to the Moon

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A group of European engineers called PTScientists has announced plans to make the first unmanned, private moon landing sometime in 2018 on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. Here are other initiatives to return to the moon:


NASA is studying the possibility of accelerating the development of its Space Launch System–a giant rocket being built to transport people to Mars–to take a crew of astronauts around the moon on its first flight as early as 2018.


Jeff Bezos wants an Amazon-like delivery service in order to enable “future human settlement”on the surface. His space company, Blue Origin, hopes to deliver gear for habitats and lunar experiments by mid-2020.


Russia’s space agency said last year it is looking to build a manned moon station based on Cold War–era research. No deadline has been set for the 12-person base.

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