posted on Dec, 4 2012 @ 10:17 AM
Originally posted by pikestaff
Originally posted by HowSoYouSay
reply to post by MCCXLIV
It's pretty much a "dead rock". There is no atmosphere to speak of, there were no oil deposits to be found, it served no monetary purpose so why
return to it? The goal was for the US to get there before the Soviet Union did. They succeeded.
Other than "because it's there", there really isn't much reason to return.
H3, gold, platinum, silver, possibly diamonds in the bottom of deep craters, quite possibly many rare earths, we wont know until we take a long hard
If the Moon was made of nothing but
gold, platinum, silver, & diamonds, it still would not be anywhere near profitable to go and mine them.
Only He3 offers the possibility of profit...
it is really there in worthwhile quantities.
it can be found easily.
it can be mined easily.
(And last and most importantly)
we can build a working fusion reactor that puts out more power than it uses.
Of course, once we have the infrastructure
to mine the surface of the Moon, that opens to door to a lot of other things. With that sort of
off-world industry, we can mine the Moon for more prosaic elements, such as aluminum & titanium for construction of space colonies & space vessels.
With that sort of infrastructure in place, it would become cheaper to get raw materials for such projects from the Moon instead of lifting it through
Earth's atmosphere and out of its gravity well.