JUL 20, 2017 08:50 AM PDT

How Moon Express Plans to Mine the Moon

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


You've probably heard the concept of mining space rocks, but many of them are far away and inconvenient to visit. Perhaps the closest space rock we have is our own Moon, and some companies are already considering ways that we can exploit its resources.

At the end of 2017, a private company dubbed Moon Express will try to send a lander to the Lunar surface, winning the Google Lunar X-Prize in the process. The company will then follow up with two other landers in the future.

The second lander would go to the Moon's South pole to look for traces of valuable resources, such as water, iron, and precious metals. After we establish whether any of these things exist there, a third lander will go to the Moon to collect these samples and bring them back to Earth by 2020.

It's an ambitious project that, if successful, could spur more frequent lunar visits by mining spacecraft. Since the Moon doesn't belong to any one person, company, or nation, whatever's there is up for grabs by anyone who can get there first.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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