NASA has announced that nine US space companies are now eligible to bid on their commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts.
One of the nine companies will be in charge of delivering natural science and technology to the Moon Space for NASA.
"Today's announcement marks tangible progress in returning America to the Moon's surface to stay," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said.
"The innovations of American aerospace companies, linked to our great goals in science and human exploration, will help us achieve incredible things on the moon and move forward on Mars."
CLPS contracts are indefinite deliveries, unspecified volumes, and have a combined maximum value of $ 2.6 billion over the next 10 years.
The goal of NASA to send these loads to the Moon is to further study its surface and gain valuable insights into the potential challenges that could help the future human missions on Mars.