Why billionaires are fighting over who gets to land humans on the moon

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Space 30 April 2021 By Leah Crane Elon Musk heads SpaceX, a space-flight company that has been awarded a NASA contract to build a lunar landerJohn Raoux/AP/ShutterstockSpaceX is going to the moon, and its competitors are complaining. On 16 April, NASA announced that it had selected Elon Musk’s space-flight company to build the lunar lander…

Why billionaires are fighting over who gets to land humans on the moon
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30 April 2021

By Leah Crane

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Elon Musk heads SpaceX, a space-flight company that has been awarded a NASA contract to build a lunar lander

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SpaceX is going to the moon, and its competitors are complaining. On 16 April, NASA announced that it had selected Elon Musk’s space-flight company to build the lunar lander that will take humans to the moon’s surface as part of its Artemis programme. SpaceX beat out two rivals that hoped to secure the $2.9 billion contract – defence firm Dynetics and private space-flight company Blue Origin – both of which have now filed complaints with the US …

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