Is the moon open for business? That’s the prospect raised by rumours that a private firm is aiming to send astronauts to the moon by 2020.
Cryptic tweets and posts from the websites NASASpaceFlight.com and NASA Watch, neither of which is affiliated with NASA, said former NASA astronauts and engineers would soon announce such a venture.
This led various bloggers to single out the company Golden Spike. It is registered in Colorado to Alan Stern, a former administrator of NASA‘s Science Mission Directorate, and now working on the New Horizons Pluto mission at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.
Golden Spike has not revealed its plans, and Stern told New Scientist that he “can’t comment either way” on the purported mission.
However, there may be a niche for a private crewed moon venture, says Fred