- NASA wants to enlist private companies to build hardware that can gather lunar surface samples and prepare them for return to Earth at a later date.
- The call for proposals requests that the hardware be capable of gathering and preparing the samples and then snapping a picture of them and beaming it back to Earth.
- Companies will have weeks to come up with a proposal and hope that they are selected by NASA for a contract.
NASA has been to the Moon several times, and it’s got the Moon rocks to prove it , but it wants more. Material from the Moon is precious, simply because there’s so little of it that was brought back to Earth, and NASA thinks it has a plan to change that.
The US space agency is now asking the private sector to help it amass a whole bunch of lunar material . NASA believes that being able to collect and use resources found on the Moon is a big step toward doing the same on other planets, which will be a big deal as mankind begins to branch out in the solar system.
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