Several private companies launching moon landers later this year from Florida will kick off a grand campaign to better understand our nearest neighbor with big implications for when NASA returns humans to the moon in a few short years. Both Astrobotic and Intuitive Machine are months away from launching the first American missions to land on the moon since 1972. The companies were both selected under NASA’s commercial lunar payload services, or CLIPS, program.

Space Curious: Pittsburgh’s ambassadors to space are ready to return America to the moon

Several private companies launching moon landers later this year from Florida will kick off a grand campaign to better understand our nearest neighbor with big implications for when NASA returns humans to the moon in a few short years. Both Astrobotic and Intuitive Machine are months away from launching the first American missions to land on the moon since 1972. The companies were both selected under NASA’s commercial lunar payload services, or CLIPS, program.

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