A new privately funded mission to the Moon’s South Pole will break new ground as the expedition explores uncharted territory. The mission was announced at the NASA Lunar Science Institute conference at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California.
The mission, jointly operated by International Lunar Observatory (ILOA) and Moon Express, Inc will likely occur sometime in 2016, marking an important step in privately funded space research. The mission will fulfill scientific and commercial goals by searching for mineral and water resources on the South Pole. Moon Express, Inc., explains that the lunar rovers have shown evidence of mineral deposits in the area, and could be hotspots for energy.