Moon Express Approved for Private Lunar Landing in 2017, a Space First

August 3, 2016 1:36 PM

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Moon Express Approved for Private Lunar Landing in 2017, a Space First

For the first time ever, a private company has permission to land on the moon.

The U.S. government has officially approved the planned 2017 robotic lunar landing of Florida-based Moon Express, which aims to fly commercial missions to Earth's nearest neighbor and help exploit its resources, company representatives announced today (Aug. 3).

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