Moon Express gears up for 1st commercial lunar mission

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Cape Canaveral-based private aerospace company Moon Express is building the first of its four vehicles that will land on the moon when its launches its lunar mission before the end of this year.

Moon Express, billed as the first private company to gain approval from Federal Aviation Administration to land on the moon, is testing its lander vehicle MX-1 Scout at Cape Canaveral Launch Complex 17 and 18. The launch this year will be Moon Express’s first step toward its goal of collecting samples from the moon and later mining it.