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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2017 11:50 a.m. PST

"A permanent robotic mining outpost on the moon could be on the cards as early as 2020. The Florida-based company Moon Express has raised over $45 USD million in funding for three expeditions that will culminate in a mission to mine moon rocks and return them to Earth.

Because the laws governing usage of resources in space are vague, a profit-driven mission of this kind could cause international controversy. "It's something that is being discussed internationally now, but there is no agreed-upon answer, and I'm not sure there's going to be," says Henry Hertzfeld at the George Washington University Space Policy Institute in Washington, DC…"
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Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP14 Jul 2017 3:23 p.m. PST

Well, now that Jade Rabbit is no longer working, maybe we'll have a shot at doing some prospecting of our own (for the purpose of claiming stakes later down the road).


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