the commercial space race is taking off
First Commercial Moon Mission Approved
By Larry O'Hanlon, Discovery News
Sep. 4 — The U.S. Government has just licensed the first commercial mission to the moon.
TransOrbital, Inc. received permission from various government agencies last week to send a probe back to the Earth's little sister. That probe, dubbed Trailblazer, will orbit the moon for 90 days, filming portraits of Earth as it rises over the lunar horizon and mapping the moonscape in unprecedented detail — as small as one meter in diameter.
"We're also looking to verify Apollo and other landing sites," said TransOrbital President Dennis Laurie.