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Private Sector Seeks Profit, Adventure Beyond Earth Orbit

Posted by Doug Messier on February 25, 2013, at 9:42 am

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

With human flights beyond Earth orbit not expected to occur for at least eight years, the private sector is increasingly eying deep space for a series of ambitious robotic and human missions for both adventure and profit.

Eight programs are currently underway that include robotic and human landings of the moon, human flybys of the moon and Mars, and the mining of the moon and asteroids. Backers of these initiatives include the X Prize Foundation, Google and its executives, and the world’s first space tourist, Dennis Tito.

The table below show the deep space initiatives now being pursued by the private sector.

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