NASA launched a call for private companies from around the world to go to the Moon and collect rocks and dust from the natural satellite.
“Today, We are taking a critical step by publishing a request for commercial companies to submit proposals for the collection of space resources. In considering such proposals, we will require that all actions be taken in a transparent manner, in full compliance with the Registration Convention, Article II and other provisions of the Outer Space Treaty, and all of our other international obligations ”, said the NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine.
Bridenstine explained that the idea is “to usher in a new era of exploration and discovery that will benefit all of humanity.”
“The requirements we have outlined are that a company collect a small amount of lunar ‘dirt’ or rocks from anywhere on the lunar surface, provide NASA images of the collection and material collected, along with data identifying the location of The recollection and make an ‘in-place’ transfer of ownership of the lunar regolith or rocks to NASA, “he added.
“After the transfer of ownership, the collected material becomes the exclusive property of NASA for our use“, He detailed.
NASA’s goal is for the recovery and transfer of ownership to be completed by 2024.