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NASA Invests In Long-Term Stay On Moon And Asteroid Mining


Each project is at the most advanced stage of development NIAC has offered to date, Phase III, and will receive up to $2 million to outline the mission concept, according to a statement released by NASA.


The first proposal comes from robotic professor, William Whittaker, from Carnegie Mellon University for a program called Skylight to develop accurate modeling of craters on the surface of the moon.


Currently, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been mapping the moon for the past decade, but with the proposed technology it would use high-resolution cameras on a rover to create full 3D models of craters.


NASA has expressed the need to explore more into the ice that lives on the moon’s surface because water is such a valuable resource for future human settlements and would reduce what astronauts need to bring from Earth.


In a project known as “Mini Bee” created by Joel Sercel, founder and CEO of TransAstra Corpthey, they are going to explore using solar to power their mining operations.


The method is called optical mining and will concentrate sunlight onto the asteroid, wearing away the surface and any generated debris, and be eventually collected in an inflatable bag to be taken back for research purposes.






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