For the first time, the U.S. government just gave a private spaceflight company the equivalent of a passport to the moon.

Moon Express, a little-known spaceflight company, announced the federal approval on Wednesday morning. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed the move in a statement.

The company is aiming to send a robotic lander to the moon by the end of 2017, and while it still needs to manufacture and test its spacecraft, not to mention launch it to the moon aboard a yet-to-be-flown rocket, it now has regulatory approval from the federal government to eventually do exactly that. Read more…

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A private spaceflight company just got approval to land a spacecraft on the moon