Mining our own planet and stripping it off its minerals and resources have been a topic of controversy among governments, private companies and environmentalists. We, earthlings have not yet meet eye to eye on the methods of responsible mining in our own planet.
From our own problems on earth, we'll go a little bit out and start a clean slate on mining but on our own Moon.
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Moon Express, a Florida-based company expressed their intention to mine the moon someday and are now completely funded for their maiden flight to the moon.
“In the immediate future, we envision bringing precious resources, metals, and moon rocks back to Earth,”
said Javain, the Moon Express co-founder.
But at least, it is the least of our worries now because they only just got funded and given permit for their maiden flight. The actual mining on the moon is hardly far along that a lot can still happen a long the way.
The company has achieved a full funding of $45 million for the launch of their maiden flight to the moon with MX-1E lunar lander.
“Our goal is to expand Earth’s social and economic sphere to the Moon, our largely unexplored eighth continent, and enable a new era of low cost lunar exploration and development for students, scientists, space agencies and commercial interests,”
Bob Richards, Moon Express CEO said in a statement to a report.
Richards, along with Moon Express co-owner Naveen Jain, are competing for Google’s Lunar Xprize of $30 million to whichever company can “land a privately funded rover on the moon.”
See: NASA Space Heist Mission: Steal from Asteroid, Give to Moon