Deep Space Systems and Lockheed Martin in Littleton will go up against seven other companies for the right to deliver experiments to the moon.
Mission director Alan Stern and planetary director David Grinspoon chronicle the 26-year journey to Pluto in their new book, "Chasing New Horizons."
The new policy is a "moon first" approach, reversing the Obama-era goal of heading directly to Mars. Boulder astronomer Doug Duncan says the moon has its advantages.
University of Colorado scientist Torin Clark and his team received a research grant for what's called Turbolift from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program.
University of Colorado scientist Jay McMahon tells Colorado Matters the "soft bot" could adhere to an asteroid using something called van der Waals principles.