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#1 Hum

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:26

NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals.

Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies will win a contract to build prospecting robots, the first step toward mining the moon.

The contract will be a "no funds exchanged" Space Agreement Act, which means the government will not be directly funding the effort, but will receive NASA support. Final proposals are due on March 17th, 2014. NASA has not said when it will announce the winner.

NASA works with private companies that service the International Space Station, and those partnerships have gone well. Faced with a skeleton budget, the agency is looking for innovative ways to cooperate with the private sector in order to continue research and exploration, as it did recently with a crowdsourcing campaign to improve its asteroid-finding algorithms. That campaign was launched with another private company, Planetary Resources, the billionaire-backed asteroid mining company.

According to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty of the United Nations, countries are prohibited from laying claim to the moon. The possibility of lunar mining and the emergence of private space companies has triggered a debate over lunar property rights, however.

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#2 Torolol

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:31

the good thing about mining on moon is that the environmentalist have no rights to say anything about it.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:32

the good thing about mining on moon is that the environmentalist have no rights to say anything about it.

 

Even if they do, nobody would hear them in space.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:33

If the Moon had gold and other valuable minerals, I wonder if there would be anything left of it ...



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:49

If the Moon had gold and other valuable minerals, I wonder if there would be anything left of it ...

 

I thought it was made of cheese.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 03:05

the good thing about mining on moon is that the environmentalist have no rights to say anything about it.

Heh, give them time.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 03:16

Wow the comments on that article a just terrible. They really need to moderate that. I don't know if they will get many serious business out of this, the cost is probative. But if anybody has the money its the mining industry. 

 

I feel like there wont be enough resources on the moon anyway. Mars maybe, the moon not so much.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 03:17

Don't we kinda need the moon?

God damn we like to ruin everything.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 03:17

That sort of Idea reminds me of the movie Moon. Great film :)

 

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 04:17

Don't we kinda need the moon?

God damn we like to ruin everything.

 

We do need the moon, however they are looking to mine precious minerals, which would be small amounts, not large amounts, The moon is quite large and if we are only mining precious minerals I doubt we would return more than a couple tonnes worth of it. The moon has lost more than that with asteroid hits.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 04:32

the good thing about mining on moon is that the environmentalist have no rights to say anything about it.


That and there's no real environment to speak of on the moon, and polluting/destroying it won't affect humans.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 04:43

That and there's no real environment to speak of on the moon, and polluting/destroying it won't affect humans.

 

Yeah if you go to the linked article and read the comments you will see all the environmentalist talking crap.

 

Most Environmentalist are so far gone they would rather there be no people because then we cant affect the environment.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 04:45

Even if they do, nobody would hear them in space.

Greatest Post in a  Long Time.



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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:00

1) the US and other major space nations never signed on to the Moon Treaty. Very few have.**

2) dup thread: http://www.neowin.ne...ander-proposal/

** Australia, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Uruguay are parties to the treaty, 7 of which ratified and the rest acceded. France, Guatemala, India and Romania have signed but not ratified.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 05:18

but how many % of moon mass that need to mined before it has noticeable gravity change that will affect earth eventually?