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Private moon mission to be announced ?

Posted on Saturday, 24 November, 2012 | Comment icon 13 comments

Image credit: NASA

Former NASA astronauts and engineers may be preparing to announce a private mission to the moon.

In the wake of rumors suggesting that NASA will soon announce plans for a manned mission to the moon, private firms may soon be getting in on the action as well. As private space endeavors become ever more ambitious and advanced, is it technically feasible for a private firm to be able to send humans to the moon when no space agency has done so since the 1970s ?

One good place to look for the answer to such a question is the list of competitors for Google's Lunar X Prize, the race to land a rover on the moon. If one of the teams succeed it could pave the way for future private missions to send humans to the moon without the financial backing of a major space agency.

"Cryptic tweets and posts from the websites NASASpaceFlight."

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Comment icon #4 Posted by TheMolePatrol on 24 November, 2012, 18:13
What a spot-on first comment. Great example of how a business naturally HAS to make more efficient decisions than a bureaucracy does. NASA expects yearlly allowences to spend, private industries don't. Not to bash on NASA... if it wasn't for that money pit in the 60's and 70's we wouldn't be blessed with the technology we have now, nor would the private space industry be as far as they are today. (opinion)
Comment icon #5 Posted by marcos anthony toledo on 25 November, 2012, 0:13
The problem is that NASA is a part of the military that is why we have had a dog and poney show for the pass fifty years. Fingers cross that the private sector can make the long over do brake out in man spaceflight.
Comment icon #6 Posted by stevemagegod on 25 November, 2012, 4:16
Forget the Secret Moon Cities the entire Moon Landing was a Hoax done in a Hollywood Studio
Comment icon #7 Posted by JGirl on 25 November, 2012, 4:49
well now they can check for old boot prints and send pics back for all the conspiracy theorists. next we'll work on the flat earthers.
Comment icon #8 Posted by coolguy on 25 November, 2012, 5:18
I bet the government will try to charge people to land on the moon. And try to make money off of it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Chrlzs on 25 November, 2012, 5:37
Ah yes, private industry always does so much better at everything.. Here in Australia, we've seen electricity, telecommunications, water, etc all get privatised. And now the services are sooo much better, and sooo much cheaper...{/sarcasm} The things is, any large organisation develops inefficiencies - the only thing worse than a large government organisation is a commercial one, imo.. In the case of space exploration I have no problem with private investment, but in the case of essential services (like electricity, telecoms, water), I don't like it. Perhaps we should privatise polic... [More]
Comment icon #10 Posted by Odds on 25 November, 2012, 20:31
Well i agree on the water, electricity part, mine went from $300 to $850 without any warning. And believe me, there was a long, probably not best worded call to to the supplier i was with at the time... But i think private industry in space exploration is the way to go.
Comment icon #11 Posted by White Unicorn on 25 November, 2012, 23:54
No black ops to fund just CEOs
Comment icon #12 Posted by DONTEATUS on 26 November, 2012, 3:39
Right just like the Big-Foot Pilot that broke the speed of B.S. ! THe Government has no business in Private Moon exploration ! IMO !

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