While the 2030s might be owned by missions to Mars, the 2020s belong to the moon.
A number of companies and nations are now planning to send crewed and uncrewed missions to the vicinity of the moon in the coming decade.
Even though many have a “been there, done that” attitude toward the moon, there are still plenty of interesting scientific and commercial endeavors to take part in on the lunar surface.
Here are five of the most promising moon missions coming up before the 2030s.
In one of the more exciting space exploration moments of the year so far, SpaceX announced on Monday that the Elon Musk-founded spaceflight company has two customers that want to charter a trip to circumnavigate the moon.
Musk said the mission should launch by the end of next year, and the two mystery space tourists have already put down a hefty deposit. In total, the week-long journey should cost at least tens of millions of dollars.
Take SpaceX’s timescale with a grain of salt, however. The company’s known for slipping deadlines like it’s no big deal, and while they do usually follow through on promises, there’s…