SpaceX is well-known for taking risks but launching a classified US military satellite into orbit with a 50 percent chance of success and a category five hurricane bearing down on the launch pad is a whole new frontier.
NASA is seeking information from private companies on "the availability of small payloads" that could be delivered to the Moon and assist the agency's efforts "to understand the potential role of the Moon in future exploration activities."
Beginning this fall, NASA will allow private companies "to add their own modules and other capabilities to the International Space Station" as the space agency transitions its attention to reaching Mars by the 2030s.
After Pluto was demoted to dwarf-planet status, the search for a new ninth rock from the Sun was on. Researchers say they have now identified several other objects beyond Neptune that may aid their hunt for a a ninth planet.
A semi-secret deal between NASA and SpaceX, signed around Christmas but only coming to light now, covers five new re-supply launches to the International Space Station (ISS) and is allegedly worth $700 million.