Monday, 17 Jun 2019
Technology

NASA backs lunar exploration and asteroid mining technology concepts – New Atlas

With the costs of just getting into low-Earth orbit sitting at around US$10,000 per pound, any persistent manned presence on the Moon or beyond is going to mean exploiting space-based resources. In part, that means lunar and asteroid mining. To help facilitate this, NASA is supporting a range of mission concepts, with two reaching the stage where the developers have been asked to refine their concepts and how they would be implemented.