NASA hopes that others will use these services as space travel becomes an endeavour accessible to private corporations.
Nonetheless, the Russians are not talking about lunar exploration but about a Moon colony which would mean people living on the Earth's natural satellite for long periods, which is somewhat different from what NASA has in mind at the moment and more similar to what Elon Musk and SpaceX have in plan for Mars.
In December, President Trump signed Space Policy Directive 1, giving NASA a new direction: "The directive I am signing today will refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery".
NASA's CLPS programme will offer contracts worth a combined value of about $2.6 billion over the next 10 years. Now Draper is in a new, homegrown space race to deliver unmanned craft to the lunar surface.
America's next moon landing will be made by private companies - possibly one from Colorado - not NASA.
"We believe that there is a lot of incredible science that we can do on the surface of the Moon", Bridenstine said.
Mr Musk's SpaceX is one of two firms contracted to build a shuttle that will fly United States astronauts to the International Space Station from American territory - something that was ended in 2011.
These Commercial Lunar Payload Services contracts are initial steps toward continuous sustainable scientific study and human exploration on the moon, eventually Mars, and beyond.
NASA's current plan is to start by sending gear to the Moon, and build an orbiting lunar station beginning in 2022. These companies will be developing small launch vehicles and robotic rovers over the next 10 years.
Bridenstine stated that he had "a number of conversations" with Musk about his actions and erratic behavior over the past year.
Russian space agency Roscosmos recently revealed its plans to build up a human colony on the moon with 20 years, by 2040.
If more hiccups come with the program, NASA may be watching SpaceX beat the agency to the moon with a crewed mission. The new space station would orbit the moon.
Lockheed Martin was responsible for the InSight lander, which landed on Mars earlier this week.
Customs and Border Protection helicopters flew overhead, while U.S. agents on foot watched beyond the wire fence in California. McAleenan said he was not aware of any successful illegal entries by caravan members into the US.
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The president called Senator Hatch "a great friend", saying: "He liked me right from the beginning and therefore I like him". Clarifying the choices, the White House claimed it had followed the example of previous administrations' processes.
As per reports that are doing the rounds, Shruti's wedding will be a two-day affair with sangeet and mehendi functions. Nick's brother Joe Jonas and his fiance Sophie Turner were also seen at the venue wearing traditional Indian outfits.
On Wednesday, PSG announced that Mbappe has a bruised shoulder, while scans on Neymar showed a right adductor strain. Neymar lasted just eight minutes of Brazil's clash with Cameroon yesterday before limping off with a groin issue.
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.
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.
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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.
Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are finally married
Since Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh's wedding was an intimate affair, no pictures of the couple were out yet. For the mehendi , Deepika wore a Sabyasachi Mukherjee creation and the couple was colour co-ordinated.