NASA picks new experiments for commercial delivery to moon in 2026

Privately developed spacecraft will carry a new suite of science gear to the moon in 2026 to support NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program, if all goes according to plan.

The agency has selected two sets of instruments as a part of its Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative, which aims to study the moon’s history and environment using gear delivered by privately developed landers and rovers. Aside from the science value, such work will help NASA figure out how best to support Artemis astronauts in the harsh lunar environment, agency officials have said.