The US government's decision to authorize the Moon Express, founded by Indian tycoon Naveen Jain, to go to the moon on an unmanned mission, is a historic and one-of-a-kind decision. The company obviously highlighted the news.
The mission, scheduled for 2017, will be the first private expedition in the world to land on the moon. So far, in fact, our satellite has only been visited by American astronauts, Soviet modules and a Chinese one.
But it's not just about tourism and business. There Moon Express it also has scientific objectives, in fact it will collect soil samples with a view to a mining exploitation of the Moon in search of precious elements and substances. An example is Helium-3, isotope of the chemical element practically non-existent on Earth but decisive for generating clean nuclear energy.