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Good news for Moon Express, and for space investors everywhere: Mr. Jain is going to get his shot at the Moon.
Earlier this month, in the press release heard round the world, the U.S. government approved a plan for privately funded space company Moon Express to land a robot on the Moon. It's taken four months for the government to figure out how to approve a mission of this sort -- which has never been attempted by any private company anywhere on Earth before. Everyone from the Department of Transportation to the federal alphabet soup of FAA, NASA, and NOAA weighed in on the mission, which the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty requires the U.S. government to "authorize and supervise.
originally posted by: Burnitalldown
a reply to: crazyewok
If it were completely for the science, I'd be onboard probably. What worries me is that prior to this project, Obama has already given private companies permission to strip mine the moon. Okay, that's an exaggeration, I admit, but I don't have a lot of faith in private companies looking out for the best interest of all mankind.
More interesting is that Moon Express' interest in the moon is to eventually expand the resources and economic sphere of earth, i.e. moon mining. Obama apparently had also stated that private companies engaged in moon activities would be able to keep/claim ownership of anything they decide to take. I personally find that a little worrying. Thoughts?
originally posted by: Tardacus
why did the government need to approve it, does the government think they own space and other planets?