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Moon Express to send its new MX-1 lander to the moon by 2015

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Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2013 12:22 AM by AlexMuller

Last week, a crowd of thousands gathered in Las Vegas to see the unveiling of a little object that could almost be mistaken for an innertube wearing a tutu. But there's a lot more going on under this contraption than you might assume. It's the MX-1 lunar lander, and it just might be the invention that brings private enterpise to the moon.

 

The company behind the MX-1 is Moon Express, a NASA-partnered company founded in 2010. The company's goal for the MX-1 isn't just to walk away with $30 million of Google's prize money. They want to use it to mine the surface of the moon and establish our satellite as Earth's "eighth continent."
 
In the company's own words "we are going back [to the moon] often, and spending orders of magnitude less to do it." The platform they've designed to complete these missions is a highly versatile single-stage spacecraft that company insiders lovingly refer to as the "iPhone of space," with a wide variety of applications. Moon Express sees the MX-1 as capable of not only Lunar mining missions, but the clearing of space debris, asteroid defense cubesat deployment and even a refueling and re-positioning "space tug" for satellites.
 
Using hydrogen peroxide for rocket fuel and capable of being launched from geosynchronous orbit, the MX-1 is definitely head and shoulders above the last craft NASA landed on the lunar surface. If Moon Express can do as they propose and land an MX-1 on the surface of the moon by 2015, it could usher in a whole new era of lunar exploration and habitation.
 


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
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Great boost for space explorations. Moon is our natural target, so close and yet we should know so much more about it
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
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Yes, because of its proximity to Earth, the Moon has been seen as the most obvious natural expansion after Earth. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
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Moon Express is doing great. They plan to perform the first controlled landing on the lunar surface by the United States since 1972.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
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I found that Moon Express said that this is just a start and that it will send several missions to space and then begin mining. All is planed carefully! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
+1
Interest in moon is getting more intense and it is clear that we expect that will help our life on Earth
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
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The colonization of the Moon could result in establishment of permanent human communities or industries on the Moon. Would we have different colonies belonging to different nations? I hope not. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
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More wide moon explorations-with many countries involved- is good step towards Moon colonization. Could this be happening in near future: interconnected biodomes, hovercrafts cruising the pockmarked surface, and ships darting to Earth and back again....
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
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There are trillions of dollars of
mineral resources on the moon waiting to be exploited The moon has more exploitable mineral resources than the earth. On earth we can only mine a thin slice of the crust due but on the moon this is much less of a problem.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
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Everything we fight about on Earth, all the resources are available in infinite quantities in space! Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
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Humans must choose the appropriate energy source and technological means to produce that power. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
+1
i noticed recently that there is a big plan from NASA about growing plants in space. In 2015, NASA will attempt to make history by growing plants on the Moon. This will be great
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2013-12-10
+0
To live on the moon we will have to
establish small closed biospheres. This will result in a new
generation of environmental engineers with far more knowledge of how
ecosystems work than we have today. Reply
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