Private human lunar missions in 20 years?

An article in Tuesday’s issue of the London (Ontario) Free Press reports that NASA Ames director Pete Worden believes that “Private flights to the moon may be available to non-scientists ‘by the end of the 2020s.'” Worden, speaking at the University of Western Ontario, played up the potential for private activity on the Moon, and even suggested that the private sector is “going to beat us to the lunar surface”, although the report doesn’t indicate if he meant that in the context of robotic or human expeditions.

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