NASA will announce its new moon partnerships with American companies today. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will make the announcement today at 2 PM EST which will also be broadcast live on NASA’s website. The partnerships will form an integral aspect of NASA’s future missions to the moon and Mars.

NASA is determined to send crewed missions back to the moon following a directive from Republican President, Donald Trump. Last December the president signed the Space Policy Directive-1 which gave instruction to NASA to prioritize missions to both the moon.

“The directive I am signing today will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery. It marks a first step in returning American astronauts to the Moon for the first time since 1972, for long-term exploration and use,” the president said during the signing. NASA needs to work closely with private enterprise to make the moon missions financially possible.

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