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We are now free to set sail as explorers to Earth's eighth continent, the moon, seeking new knowledge and resources to expand Earth's economic sphere for the benefit of all humanity," said Bob Richards, co-founder and chief executive of Moon Express.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced its approval Wednesday, following consultations with the White House, State Department and the US space agency NASA.
Moon Express, based in Cape Canaveral, Florida, was founded in 2010.
It has yet to finish its moon lander, which will be carried in late 2017 by a rocket made by Rocket Lab, another startup, which has not yet launched any commercial missions.
Dennis Hope, an American entrepreneur, sells extraterrestrial real estate. In 1980, he started his own business, the Lunar Embassy Commission. As of 2009 Hope claimed to have sold 2.5M 1-acre plots on the Moon, for around US$20 per acre. He allocates land to be sold by closing his eyes and randomly pointing to a map of the Moon. He claims two former US presidents as customers, stating Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan had aides purchase them plots on the moon.
originally posted by: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
originally posted by: intrptr
Stage 3 - Profit!
They want to bring back samples and moon rocks at first. First it starts with a lander. I wonder if they get to the point of sending up a human they will be given the green light?
I'm going out on a limb here as to say it's got a lot to do with rare earth magnet tech. Think about rare moon magnets.
originally posted by: SLAYER69
a reply to: TEOTWAWKIAIFF
Yeah there is that too
But supposedly this is just around the corner..
originally posted by: projectvxn
The space program has been choked out by government for decades.
Don't get me wrong, I am eternally grateful to NASA for all they have contributed to the human race in terms of space exploration.
But they aren't the problem. Congress is.
Companies like SpaceX and Moon Express don't have to necessarily worry about the which way the political winds are blowing when it comes to space exploration, mining of the moon and asteroids, and other endeavors.
originally posted by: JDeLattre89
My only question is . . . why are they asking permission since nobody can technically own any rights for the moon since they are not there?