Back to the Moon

The time is here: by the end of this year, the first private moon landing is expected, and it promises to exploit the economic resources of our satellite

  • Back to the Moon

The moon is our only natural satellite, our closest planet, our neighbor – but will it ever become a second home to us Earthlings? Some believe it will, and that it is to the moon we should turn our gaze in order to ensure our survival and create a limitless future for our children, expanding to it our social and economic sphere.
This may sound like a threat, and in a way it is: as a matter of fact, by the end of this year, men will set foot on the moon again, only this time it will be a commercial mission, with the long term goal of mining for minerals that are rare on Earth, such as niobium, yttrium and dysprosium.
The mission, authorized last July by the American Federal Aviation Administration, will be carried out by Moon Express, a private company founded by a group of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in 2010 - the first to get the necessary permissions for the launch of a space mission for commercial purposes, but certainly not the only one willing to embark on such an enterprise.
In addition raising 45 million dollars and taking part in the l Google Lunar X Prize, a space competition organized by the X Prize Foundationand sponsored by Google - Moon Express has developed a lander in collaboration with NASA, signed an agreement with the aerospace corporation Rocket Lab for the launch of three robotic spacecrafts and eventually moved to the NASA Space Center in Cape Canavera.
And now it is ready to become the first private company to travel out of the Earth’s orbit, opening "a new era of low cost lunar exploration and development for students, scientists, space agencies and commercial interests ", as stated by CEO Bob Richards.
Whether you think of this as the promise of a better future or as the threat of a mere exploitation of the moon, we all need to come to terms with the fact that the mineral resources of our satellite are worth much more than we may expect, and that according to Moon Express co-founder and chairmain of Moon Express Naveen Jain, in 15 years, the moon will be an important part of the Earth’s economy.

Author : The Slowear Journal


Moon  | mission  | commercial  | Moon Express  | resources  | mineral mining  |

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