There are vast quantities of water ice on the moon that represent the potential for extraction and use in rocket fuel. But there are no practical reasons to mine this water.
When it comes to managing the tussle for resources on the Moon, we might take lessons from New Zealand environmental law and TikTok ‘witches’.
In the fourth episode of our podcast series, we look at the practical, legal and ethical questions about going to set up base on the moon – and mining its resources.
In the future we might get sick of hearing people tell their stories about going to the Moon. Perhaps the Moon will just be like thinking about today’s Antarctica – a remote but accessible place.
Tourism, mining and new settlements are possibilities for our Moon. But what rules and regulations should govern our behavior there?
A new study suggests that we should limit ourselves to developing just one eight of the solar system.
Scientists are figuring out how to reduce the cost of space travel – to and from the Moon and possibly to Mars. One approach is to mine the Moon for resources necessary for interplanetary travel.