Moon Express: Going Back to the Moon to Mine Its Resources

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Fri, Dec 6th, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Moon Express is a fascinating concept that looks at sending multi-mission scalable landers to the moon in order to obtain its vast resources to "enrich and secure our future." The intriguing part is that this isn't a government-backed project, but a privately funded commercial space company.

Most of the elements that are rare on Earth are believed to have originated from space, and are largely on the surface of the Moon. Reaching for the Moon in a new paradigm of commercial economic endeavor is key to unlocking knowledge and resources that will help propel us into our future as a space faring species.

Moon Express will send a series of robotic spacecraft to the Moon for ongoing exploration and commercial development. The opportunity is simply driven by advances in technology. What used to require the unlimited budgets of a superpower, are now within reach of private enterprise.

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