NASA wants Moon dust, and they want it now

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Here’s the deal — NASA wants 500g of dust.

And, they will pay a hefty price for it, as per the contract. You just have to go and get it.

Here’s the catch — they want it from the Moon, and quick … by 2024.

This week, the vaunted space agency issued an unprecedented solicitation titled “Purchase of Lunar Regolith and/or Rock Materials from Contractor.”

We’re not joking.

It asks contractors to bid on an effort to retrieve between 50g and 500g of lunar regolith, or moon dust, and bring it back to Earth before 2024.

The amount of material retrieved does not affect the overall price of the contract, and the contract will be awarded on the basis of being “low price, technically acceptable.”

Offers are due by October 9, 2020.

The Chang’e-4 mission, the first to land on the lunar far side, is demonstrating the promise of using ground-penetrating radar. Credit: NASA.

According to a report by Brett Tingley, at The Drive, the Moon is quickly becoming a site of strategic importance as China has turned its eye to our planet’s satellite after years of rapid progress in space exploration.

China recently sent the Chang’e 4 lander to the …

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