NASA looks to in­dus­try

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WASHINGTON: NASA is turn­ing to pri­vate in­dus­try for the first lu­nar lan­ders for as­tro­nauts in a half-cen­tury, with three com­pet­ing, quite con­trast­ing ver­sions.

The three com­pa­nies that will de­velop, build and fly lu­nar lan­ders, with the goal of re­turn­ing as­tro­nauts to the moon in 2024 and ul­ti­mately on to Mars, are SpaceX, Blue Ori­gin and Dy­net­ics. Al­to­gether, the con­tracts for the ini­tial 10-month pe­riod to­tal $967 mil­lion. “This is the last piece that we need in or­der to get to the moon by 2024,” a NASA spokesman said.

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