"We're going at high speed", said Thomas Zurbuchen, head of NASA's science mission directorate, which will lead the effort.
The space agency will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting there, he said.
Two advantages of the partnerships include getting US astronauts back to the moon more quickly and keeping them safer after they arrive.
This "Moon to Mars" program includes working with worldwide and commercial partners to send humans back to the moon as well as landing astronauts on Mars for the first time.
The Trump administration also directed NASA to seek and encourage additional private sector participation. Those involved with CLPS underlined the spirit of cooperation required for complex programs such as this one to be successful.
Almost 50 years after Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the surface of the Moon, President Trump signed a mandate to send USA astronauts back to the mysterious orb. "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints - we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, worlds beyond".
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"Lunar payloads could fly on these contracted missions as early as 2019", NASA said in an earlier news release. "The idea being [to] prove the capability, retire the risk, prove the human physiology, and then go on to Mars".
According to Bridenstine, the new partners will compete to provide the best prices and innovations, creating a marketplace for transportation to and from the moon. NASA intends the partnerships to enable regular shipments of instruments, experiments, and small payloads to the moon sooner and faster, cover more lunar regions, and maximize efficiency when humans eventually arrive.
When NASA announced its Commercial Lunar Payload Services program earlier this year, there was some question at first about how to pronounce its vowel-less acronym, CLPS.
The announcement is part of NASA's larger goal to get back to the moon, and Bridenstine is enthusiastic about our lunar future.
Much like NASA's Commercial Resupply Services and Commercial Crew Program, NASA wouldn't own these vehicles, it would purchase their services from the firms that produced them.
Apparently, NASA, back in 2014, awarded a $6.8 billion contract jointly to Boeing and SpaceX to develop launch system that would transport the NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station.