In this Nov. 29, 2016 file photo, Commerce Secretary-designate Wilbur Ross waits for an elevator in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump’s candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration. 

Moon landings by multiple countries could trigger a “Wild West” scenario with few rules to keep key discoveries safe, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Tuesday.

Commerce and NASA will ask Congress to approve a public-private partnership to fulfill the National Space Council’s goal of a permanent U.S. presence on the moon during the next five years, Ross said on the second day of the four-day Space Symposium at The Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs.

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