The first flight could be next year with 2019 marking the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.
Clapping even for a Mars spacecraft, InSight, that landed on the planet three days earlier. The companies will bid on contracts to deliver science and technology payloads to enable humans to travel back to the moon, and eventually on to Mars. In a departure from past practice, the companies own their rockets and spacecraft and can use them for other, non-government missions if a market develops.
"We believe that there is a lot of awesome science that we can do on the surface of the Moon", Bridenstine said.
Under the CLPS program, Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander is poised to serve as America's workhorse robotic lander, delivering up to 265 kilograms of payload on each mission.
He said future bases would be worldwide, and that he hoped the United States would lead the plans.
"We're no stranger to commercial space business models, having built more than 100 commercial satellites and launched numerous Atlas and Titan commercial payloads", said Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager for Commercial Civil Space at Lockheed Martin.
NASA said that additional companies could be included at a later date.
The move is part of NASA's goal of sending people to the Moon in the next decade, for the first time since the Apollo era of the 1960s and '70s.
He added a suicide bomber detonated his explosives and then other insurgents started a gun battle with forces in the area. He said US Special Forces had been conducting operations with Afghan forces around Ghazni city since Monday.
Chau was apparently shot and killed by arrows, but the cause of death can't be confirmed until his body is recovered, Pathak said. Police sent a helicopter to conduct reconnaissance on Tuesday, and a separate team travelled to the area on Wednesday.
On Monday South Korea's Defense Minister said more than 600 landmines were removed from the North's side of the village. In September , U.S. officials told NBC News that they had observed North Korean workers moving warheads.
And here's the bottom line: "Nobody is coming into our country unless they come in legally", Trump asserted. Iraq combat veteran Bryan Suits on the migrant caravan heading toward the U.S. -Mexico border.
Absent a presidential pardon, Manafort, 69, could end up spending the rest of his life in prison, Reuters reported . For more than a year now, Manafort has been at the heart of several unresolved threads of the Mueller investigation.
Washington is 6-4 and leads the NFC East but travels to Dallas without Alex Smith, who suffered a season-ending injury on Sunday. When you have a different player that's in and in the same position, it doesn't mean that they can do the same thing.
Asked in the Fox interview if the crown prince lied to him about his involvement, Trump replied, "I don't know". The Latest on USA response to the murder of Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 1 p.m.
He says the team's "coaching search will be thorough and deliberate" and Rice "has not been discussed". She was on the first College Football Playoff Committee and was a committee member from 2013 to 2016.
So Kun [Aguero] scored and then Gundogan and it was flawless . "But if he is a fan of United or City? ". Benjamin Mendy and Raheem Sterling are second and third in assists.
Paul Scholes rips into 'awful' players after Young Boys win
The combative Portuguese coach also confirmed that United should have no problem when it comes to getting to this home game. I want the team to go immediately and it is a bit frustrating". 'I hope the manager has given them a good rollicking.
Google Pixel 3 Lite poses for the camera - Android
Google appears to have added the same textured glass finish at the back of the Pixel 3 Lite , as we saw on the Pixel 3 duo. We recently reported that there might be another Pixel 3 device that Google skipped during their launch event.
Mayfield irked by Hue's move to Bengals
Fans tell FOX 8 the record of 4-6-1 for the Cleveland Browns means they'll have a good mood all week. Led by brash rookie QB Baker Mayfield , the Cleveland Browns suddenly merit keeping an eye on.
Copa Libertadores final off after attack on Boca bus
However, it was later confirmed the game had been suspended until 5pm local time (8pm United Kingdom time) on Sunday. The head of Conmebol's medical team was reported to be assessing if the match could go ahead after the controversy.
OPEC+ Said to Weigh Bigger Production Cut
The oil cartel expects oil demand to grow by 1.29 million barrels per day in 2019, down 70,000 bpd from its projection last month. It was just a little over a month ago when the price of oil spiked at $76 a barrel around the first of October.
Dion Lewis on 'cheap' Patriots: 'Hell yeah, it's personal'
So, now what for the Patriots, who had their six-game winning streak snapped Sunday? "That's what happens when you go cheap". He's never backed down from his stance that he will skip the whole season in search of long-term security.