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NASA wants to help private companies mine the moon

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Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2014 12:07 AM by AlexMuller

To keep its gaze focused on the stars, NASA has had to change up its game of late. Private corporations, rather than NASA itself, now resupply the International Space Station. Arguably, Mars One has just as good a chance as NASA does at establishing a permanent colony on Mars.

Even the Moon, which has for so long been NASA's claim to fame, is now being offered:

 
Someday, colonies could be established on the Moon, but what was once planned as a scientific outpost could now become something more in keeping with the colony established on Pandora in the movie Avatar.
 
On the surface, the Moon looks like one big lump of regolith (or moon dust). But below that surface, we now know that there exist deposits of water, rare minerals, and other substances not so common here on Earth, like helium.
 
In a new effort to establish a moon base where they can grow veggies and generally have a fun, sciencey time, NASA is willing to dole out the Moon's precious resources to the highest bidder.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-12
+3
There is so much talk about colonisation in space and settlements on Moon and Mars. A prospect of finding resources is also important and can help sustain the colonies
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-12
+0
NASA is already making efforts towards colonising Moon. They recently stated that by 2015 NASA will attempt to make history by growing plants on the Moon.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-12
+2
This mission is inclusive- it is made up of NASA scientists, students, contractors and volunteers Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-12
+1
This NASA teaming up with students and private space companies is great. Lets hope they will grow the first plants on the moon’s surface from 2015. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-23
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kukuanga~ p.ramlee... hahaha betul juga. lauigpn itam putih gia tu bulan, then p.ramlee punya wayang pun b&w, tatap itu yg kana ingat dulu.kekeke time kami kici2 dulu, bila main di luar rumah ada bulan terang, mimang suma pun buat bunya wolf tuh... Reply


 

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