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08:05  20 july  2019
08:05  20 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine explains that harvesting rare-earth metals from the surface of the moon is one example of how companies can profit from space exploration. "There could be tons and tons of platinum group metals on the moon , rare-earth metals, which are tremendously valuable on

this century , NASA chief says - On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said , for example, that harvesting rare-earth metals from the in � this century .� �There could be tons and tons of platinum group metals on the moon , rare-earth

NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century' © ASSOCIATED PRESS In this July 20, 1969 photo made available by NASA, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, lunar module pilot, walks on the surface of the moon near the leg of the Lunar Module "Eagle" during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity. (Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP)

We may be excavating the surface of the moon for precious substances like platinum within this century, NASA officials said Thursday.

NASA's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said that added interest and new advancements in technology will help unlock an array of materials never-before available in a CNBC interview.

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A new crop of billionaires intent on helping NASA return to the moon and establish a permanent presence there are bolstering the prospect of lunar mining, Bridensteine said.

NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This rendering (pictured above) shows a concept of what a base on the lunar surface may look like. From here, humans would be able to explore the lunar surface.

'Billionaires are actually investing in space and exploration, and NASA can benefit in that,' Bridenstine said.

'We have commercial partners that didn’t exist historically, so they can help offset the cost. They’re making their own investments, because they want customers that are not necessarily NASA.'

Bridenstine cited billionaires like Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, and SpaceX's Elon Musk by name according to CNBC.

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Asteroid mining is the exploitation of raw materials from asteroids and other minor planets, including near-Earth objects. Hard rock minerals could be mined from an asteroid or a spent comet. Precious metals such as gold, silver, and platinum group metals could be transported back to Earth

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Echoing Bridenstine earlier this week, Bezos, who also owns the private aerospace company Blue Origin said that quick lunar transit could enable a thriving industry on the moon.

'Eventually, it will be much cheaper and simpler to make really complicated things in space and then send those objects back down to earth,' Bezos told CBS Evening News.

NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century' © ASSOCIATED PRESS Media and employees view four RS-25 engines, formerly used for space shuttle missions, that will be used for the core stage of NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), which they say will carry the Orion spacecraft, and ultimately a crew, to the moon and beyond, at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, Friday, June 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) At stake could be an array of minerals, especially metal ores, useful in manufacturing, construction, and so on.

'There could be tons and tons of platinum group metals on the moon, rare-earth metals, which are tremendously valuable on Earth,' Bridenstine told the outlet.

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In addition to platinum, scientists say the moon could be loaded with silicon -- used in making computer chips -- as well as titanium and aluminum which is used for constructing buildings, making joint replacements, and more.

As noted by CNBC, those metals have become an increasingly valuable resource to the U.S. amid rising trade tensions with China. More than 80 percent of rare Earth materials come from China.

Already NASA has plowed ahead on its mission to rove the moon for those metals, funding several concepts meant to mine natural resources on the lunar surface as well as reachable asteroids.

NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A combination of autonomous rovers and other technology would help scientists on their mission to explore the moon's surface.

Through NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, the agency said it will begin to explore the feasibility of robotic rovers and mining technology that could make space mining a reality.

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NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'
NASA says we will start harvesting precious resources like platinum from the moon 'this century'

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