NASA has awarded by Firefly Aerospace, a Cedar Park, Texas-based company, a $ 93.3 million contract to carry out a mission to experiment and test new technologies on the moon. In 2023, the company’s Blue Ghost lander will land at Mare Crisium, a 300-mile-wide basin on the near side of the satellite.
It will carry around 207 pounds of equipment to study the lunar surface. One of its 10 instruments will capture X-ray images of the Earth to study the sun’s solar winds, while another will dig into the Moon to collect data on its thermal properties. Yet another instrument will act as a target for a laser that NASA and Firefly will use to determine the exact distance between Earth and the Moon.