Is moon mining economically feasible?

January 12, 2015 6:00 PM

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Is moon mining economically feasible?

The moon offers a wealth of resources that may fuel a near-Earth/moon industrial infrastructure. This mosaic view of the near side of Earth's moon comes from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's camera system, the LROC Wide Angle Camera (WAC). (NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University)

Human prospectors have already been on the moon. Apollo 17's Jack Schmitt, a geologist, is shown during his 1972 mission gauging the off-Earth bounty of resources. (NASA)

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