As a private company seeks permission to land on the moon, U.S. government agencies are scrambling to put in place regulations that will cover the final frontier, The Guardian reports. The Mountain View, California–based company, called Moon Express, wants to exploit the planetary body’s “vast resources” with a lunar landing mission in 2017. That would make it the first private company to fly a spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit, and it would set the stage for other organizations to take to the stars for profit. But it won’t be easy. There currently isn’t a system of regulations in the United States governing missions out of Earth’s atmosphere. And although the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is working to create a permit process for missions like the one proposed by Moon Express, it’s still not clear how such a process would work.
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