Lunar Outpost is developing a robotic resource seeker called MAPP, or Mobile Autonomous Prospecting Platform, and has already received NASA approval to gather material on the moon. (Lunar outpost via YouTube)

The first 10 companies to participate in Amazon Web Services’ accelerator program for space-focused startups target areas ranging from low earth orbit to the surface of the Moon and Mars.

Today’s announcement follows the launch of the AWS Space Accelerator in March. Werner Vogels, Amazon’s chief technology officer, said the 10 companies were selected from more than 190 proposals from 44 countries.

“These companies from the United States and Europe cover a wide range of space capabilities that are having an impact here on Earth today and how humanity will approach work and life in space in the future,” he wrote in a blog post.

Over a period of four weeks, the companies receive practical technical training in …

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