Some of Trump’s advisers worked on the Constellation program with a goal to return humans to the moon for the first time since the pioneering U.S. Apollo missions. AFP / NICHOLAS KAMM
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Dismissed by former U.S. President Barack Obama as a place explorers had already seen, the moon has once again gained interest as a potential destination under Donald Trump's presidency.Billionaire Elon Musk, the president and chief executive of SpaceX, along with Amazon's Jeff Bezos, who also runs a rocket company called Blue Origin, have met with Trump's advisers several times since the Republican won the presidency.Some of Trump's advisers worked on the Constellation program, conceived by former President George W. Bush with a goal to return humans to the Moon for the first time since the pioneering U.S. Apollo missions of the 1960s and '70s.The Washington Post reported that its owner Bezos is working on an Amazon-like delivery service to the moon.Oklahoma Republican lawmaker Jim Bridenstine, who has told Trump he wants to be the next NASA administrator, has praised cooperation between the U.S. space agency and private industry, and called for a return to moon mission as a way to boost needed resources on Earth, such as water.The Google Lunar XPrize Foundation is also in on the action, recently announcing its five finalists for a $20 million award to the first team to land a robot on the moon.
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