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US Space Agency Aims to Develop Moon Resources

A NASA scientist recently told a mining conference in Brisbane, Australia, that the U.S. space agency aims to develop resources on the moon.

Gerald Sanders has been a rocket scientist at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre for 35 years. He said that the first resources NASA wants to develop are oxygen and water. Later, he said, the space agency may try to mine iron and rare earth metals.

NASA is taking steps to be able to dig into the moon’s soil in 2032.

The U.S. space agency plans to return Americans to the moon as part of its Artemis mission. The goal is to learn from the mission and plan for explorations deeper into space.

An important part of the Artemis mission is advancing commercial use of space. The agency plans to measure possible resources, including energy, water and lunar soil, to gain outside investment, Sanders said.

He added that developing resources on the moon will be important to cutting costs and creating a circular economy. A circular economy is a system that is based on reuse of materials or products.

“We are trying to invest in the exploration phase, understand the resources…to (lower) risk such that external investment makes sense that could lead to development and production,” Sanders told the mining conference.

“We are…just scratching the surface,” he said.

NASA plans to send a test drilling device to the moon soon and plans a larger digging project for moon soil, sometimes called regolith, and a testing processing system in 2032.

The first customers are expected to be commercial rocket companies that could use the moon’s resources for fuel or oxygen.

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