Moon Express

The first private company in history to receive U.S. permission to expand Earth’s economic and social sphere to the Moon


  1. Like the Earth, the Moon has been enriched with vast resources through billions of years of asteroid bombardment. Unlike the Earth, these resources are largely on or near the lunar surface, relatively accessible.
  2. One of the greatest practical space discoveries of our generation is the presence of vast quantities of water on the Moon, verified by NASA in 2009. Water (H2O) not only supports life, but its constituents hydrogen and oxygen can be used as rocket fuel. The discovery of water on the Moon is a game changer, not just for the economic viability of lunar resources, but for the economics of reaching Mars and other deep space destinations. Water is the oil of the solar system, and the Moon will become a gas station in the sky.
  3. The ice at the bottom of the craters probably preserves molecules from the earliest days of the solar system, too, which could be a boon for scientists.

About Moon Express

Moon Express, is an American privately held early stage company formed by a group of Silicon Valley and space entrepreneurs, with the goal of winning the Google Lunar X Prize, and ultimately mining the Moon for natural resources of economic value including rare elements such as niobium, yttrium and dysprosium.

Moon Express, the first private company in history to receive permission to travel to the Moon, has raised a total of $45 million in private investment and venture funds, including Founders Fund, Autodesk and Tencent.

Three Key Expeditions

The first maiden lunar expedition will be to the equatorial region of the Moon where Moon Express' MX-1E robotic explorers will deliver commercial, government and private payloads to the lunar surface at a fraction of the cost of large government programs.

The second lunar expedition will utilize their MX-2 exploration system to establish a research outpost at the Moon’s South Pole, where direct solar energy and communications with Earth are possible. The primary objective is to establish a permanent lunar presence while seeking data on local water and other resources that will enable future lunar development.

Currently, only governments own Moon rocks and Moon Express wants to change that. The only Moon rocks that exist on Earth today were obtained over 40 years ago by the U.S. (during Apollo) and the Soviet Union (robotically). Moon Express' third expedition will bring back samples of lunar dust and rocks that everyone can own, providing scientists with a new source of lunar materials for research, and making these treasures from the Moon available to collectors and commercial purposes

MX-1E, MX-2 and MX-9 robots for the three phases of the lunar expeditions.

Notable Investors

Autodesk is an American multinational software corporation that makes software for the architecture, engineering, construction, manufacturing, media, and entertainment industries.
Founders Fund is a San Francisco based venture capital firm that invests at every stage in companies building revolutionary technologies. The firm’s four General Partners, Peter Thiel, Ken Howery, Luke Nosek, and Brian Singerman, have been founders and early employees of companies including PayPal, Google, Palantir Technologies, and SpaceX.
Tencent is a Chinese internet service portal offering value-added internet, mobile, telecom, and online advertising services. Tencent’s leading internet platforms in China include QQ, Tencent Weibo and WeChat.

How you can contribute

Check out Moon Express’ latest job openings.

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