The US State Department and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have just granted the TransOrbital Corporation rights to start commercial development on our lunar counterpart. The launch is scheduled for June of 2003 from Kazakhstan.
Something I’ve never understood about space: why does the US seem to have exclusive rights to everything that goes on there? Does the US border leave Earth’s surface and extend to envelope the entirety of the universe? No siree: according to the UN, no one can claim ownership of the moon or any other celestial body.
NSU: First commercial Moon landing gets go-ahead
Transorbital: Dedicated to the commercial development of space
United Nations: Agreement Governing the Activites of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies