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[Fool] It's Official: In 2017, We Begin Mining the Moon

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"To me, landing on the moon is not just about landing on the Moon. It is about what a small group of people are capable of doing. It is about taking that moonshot."
-- Naveen Jain, Moon Express co-founder

Good news for Moon Express, and for space investors everywhere: Mr. Jain is going to get his shot at the Moon.

Earlier this month, in the press release heard round the world, the U.S. government approved a plan for privately funded space company Moon Express to land a robot on the Moon. It's taken four months for the government to figure out how to approve a mission of this sort -- which has never been attempted by any private company anywhere on Earth before. Everyone from the Department of Transportation to the federal alphabet soup of FAA, NASA, and NOAA weighed in on the mission, which the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty requires the U.S. government to "authorize and supervise."

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Misleading title, from source:
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With approval now granted, sometime toward the end of 2017 ... Moon Express will travel 238,900 miles to the Moon, land, fly around a bit, and send back high-definition video proving its accomplishment.
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With a source like FOOL , i figured it would be a joke. Im too lazy to read the article, but whats the point? As soon as we realized it wasn't made of cheese, i thought we gave up on it.
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What a dinkum thinkum.
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Not likely to have much in the way of valuable minerals given how light it is... even if not today but far in the future. The moon is basically a ball of dust kicked up and expelled from Earth due to a comet impact right?
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But think of the millions people would spend on "MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON ROCKS™".
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.. nice place to get some solar panels, servers and star overclocking smile.gif then just beam info to earth .. It's pretty cold up there from what I hear... . thumb.gif
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.. nice place to get some solar panels, servers and star overclocking smile.gif then just beam info to earth .. It's pretty cold up there from what I hear... . thumb.gif
There is no atmosphere around the moon so the only way of losing heat is by radiation. Better to put them on earth where we have natural convection due to gravity and air and if we want forced convection. (Of course we also have conduction)
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There is no atmosphere around the moon so the only way of losing heat is by radiation. Better to put them on earth where we have natural convection due to gravity and air and if we want forced convection. (Of course we also have conduction)

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Not likely to have much in the way of valuable minerals given how light it is... even if not today but far in the future. The moon is basically a ball of dust kicked up and expelled from Earth due to a comet impact right?

I thought lots of meteors and the like have struck the dark side of the moon? Seems there would be tons of metals and possibly extremely rare materials or possibly new elements hidden back there carried here over eons from the far side of the galaxy.
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