NASA selects U.S. companies to land spacecraft on the moon for first time in almost 50 years

NASA is hurtling toward a 2024 deadline to put humans on the moon, and to get there on time, it’s divvying out a number of contracts to companies that will set the framework for an astronaut landing.

This week, the winners are Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic, Houston-based Intuitive Machines and New Jersey-based Orbit Beyond, which will be the first lunar lander companies to send their spacecraft to the moon, priming NASA for a return with humans — the first for the U.S. since 1972. Read more here.