NASA seeking companies to help mine the moon

Katie Ramirez
September 13, 2020

However, the companies must prove that they have collected lunar samples by sending pictures and data.

However, this is definitely not for individuals who possess Moon rocks bought from an auction or even eBay.

NASA on Thursday launched an effort to pay companies to mine resources on the moon, announcing it would buy from them rocks, dirt and other lunar materials as the USA space agency seeks to spur private extraction of coveted off-world resources for its use. However, some experts suggest that the amount that will be given by NASA is "quite meagre".

If the plan is successfully followed, the moon stuff will be brought eventually to the Earth, where NASA already has a huge stock of moon rocks after the Apollo mission between 1969 and 1972.

Nasa's top administrator also told a forum held by the Secure World Foundation that the policies that will govern mining from celestial bodies would be much the same as those that now exist for the world's oceans. In March 2018, Google and the XPrize Foundation ended its $30-million lunar competition after multiple private teams were unable to launch and land a small rover on the moon and to drive it at least 500 meters.

How much are they willing to pay, you ask? "And not just traded among companies or private individuals, but also among countries and across borders, private individuals in other countries". "We are going to buy some lunar soil in order to show that we can " NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine told Reuters.

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The idea of commercial mining on space rocks and celestial bodies has been doing rounds recently.

Under NASA's Artemis program, President Donald Trump's administration envisions a return of American astronauts to the moon by 2024. In 2015, the U.S. Government announced Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act allowing companies to extract and own materials from space. Notably, China and Russian Federation have their reservations against commercial mining on space rocks.

The SLS is the one rocket powerful sufficient to hold the Artemis program's Orion spacecraft, orbiting Gateway outpost, lunar lander, astronauts and provides on the identical time, in keeping with NASA.

"As we at NASA are working aggressively to meet our near-term goal of landing the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024, our Artemis program also is focused on taking steps that will establish a safe and sustainable lunar exploration architecture", Bridenstine explained.

Through that, it can utilize resources on the Moon to prepare a base that would support the future manned Mars mission.

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