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FILE - In this July 8, 2011 file photo, the space shuttle Atlantis lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. This is the 135th and final space shuttle launch for NASA. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Private company gets approval to land on the moon


One small step for an American company, one giant leap for American company-kind. 

Or something like that.

A private organization called Moon Express got approval from the U.S. government to send a spacecraft to the moon. They'll be traveling to the moon to "drill baby drill"! The company is searching the moon for lunar resources, like platinum. The hope is to make money by selling off any potential resources, moon dust and rock collectibles as well.

Moon Shot | Episode 6 | Cape Canaveral: Moon Express

Moon Express would be the fourth entity in history to land on the moon, after a handful of missions by government space programs. They would also be the first privately funded company to do so.

They're expected to take off as early as next year.

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