NASA looks to private sector to help it go lunar

NASA is in the market for commercial relationships and private capital as it gears up for its next manned missions to the moon.

The U.S. space agency is hoping to return to the moon in 2019 or 2020 and has longer range plans to send humans to Mars after that.

“If somebody says ‘I have this really great way to be able to extract water ice from lunar regolith (lunar rocks) that I’ve developed on my own dime’ we would be interested,” Woodward said.  “If we could be in a commercial relationship with somebody who has the capability that’s fine because in many cases they can do it for less money than we can,” he said at a space development conference in Dallas.

Venture capital in space exploration was a key theme at the conference.

NASA’s lunar plans envision the building of an outpost on the moon which would be continuously manned like the International Space Station is now.

Source:  Reuters

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