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Mining the moon could give us rocket fuel to get to Mars

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Forty-five years have passed since humans last set foot on an extraterrestrial body. Now, the moon is back at the center of efforts not only to explore space, but to create a permanent, independent space-faring society. Planning expeditions to Earth's nearest celestial neighbor is no longer just a NASA effort, though the U.S. space agency has plans for a moon-orbiting space station that would serve as a staging ground for Mars missions in the early 2030s. The moon has one-sixth the gravity of Earth, which makes it an attractive alternative base. A team of international students have proposed a plan that uses three different types of rovers to mine ice on the moon, manufacture liquid propellant and transfer it to passing spacecraft.


Mining The Moon For Rocket Fuel To Get Us To Mars

International Business Times

Forty-five years have passed since humans last set foot on an extraterrestrial body. Now, the moon is back at the center of efforts not only to explore space, but to create a permanent, independent space-faring society. Planning expeditions to Earth's nearest celestial neighbor is no longer just a NASA effort, though the U.S. space agency has plans for a moon-orbiting space station that would serve as a staging ground for Mars missions in the early 2030s. The United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, is planning a lunar fueling station for spacecraft, capable of supporting 1,000 people living in space within 30 years. Billionaires Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Robert Bigelow all have companies aiming to deliver people or goods to the moon.


Vodafone prepares an LTE moon shot

PCWorld

Thanks to Vodafone, the Taurus-Littrow Valley will get its first mobile phone base station next year. It hasn't needed one up to now, as the last visitors drove through in 1972, the year before the mobile phone was invented. Next year, though, it will get the very latest in 4G LTE coverage, when it receives a visit from two very special self-driving vehicles. Taurus-Littrow is the landing site of Apollo 17, where humans last walked on the moon. Next year, an international group based in Berlin plans to send a mission carrying two lunar rovers to explore the site.


European Space Agency reveals ambitious plans to build sat-nav around the moon

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched an ambitious new project to build a sat-nav and communication satellite network in orbit around the moon. This new infrastructure could one day turn our natural satellite into the'eighth continent' as humanity spreads its wings and builds cities on the lunar surface. ESA says the project, known as Moonlight, will support the Lunar Gateway space station, multiple agencies working on moon missions and human exploration. In what will be the world's first commercial service of its kind, a number of British firms have won contracts to investigate how it might work, worth over £2 million. 'We are entering a new phase - the systematic exploration of our "eighth continent", the Moon,' ESA's David Parker told BBC News.


Nokia, SpaceX to bring mobile phone coverage to moon

Al Jazeera

Several companies announced on Tuesday a joint effort to bring mobile phone coverage to the moon in 2019.