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ChiefsandO'sfan
10-18-2011, 04:38 PM
The moon is made of far more valuable stuff than green cheese. And one man wants to capitalize on that fact.

NASA, which ended America's space shuttle program in June, says it wants to privatize spaceflight. Naveen Jain, co-founder and chairman of Moon Express, Inc., wants to go a step further: He wants to privatize the moon itself.

Jain's company plans to piggyback on private shuttle flights, using them to carry his lunar landers and mining platforms to the moon.

"People ask, why do we want to go back to the moon? Isn't it just barren soil?" Jain told FoxNews.com. "But the moon has never been explored from an entrepreneurial perspective."

Green cheese indeed -- there's cash in them lunar hills!

Our nearest neighbor in the sky holds a ransom in precious minerals, Jain explained: Twenty times more titanium and platinum than anywhere on earth, not to mention helium 3, a rare isotope of helium that many feel could be the future of energy on Earth and in space.

Beyond mineral resources, Jain imagines a variety of ways to capitalize on the public's lunar love.

"No one has ever captured people's fascination with the moon," he told FoxNews.com. "What if, say, we take a picture of your family on the moon and project it back to you? Or take DNA up there?"

His company, which calls itself MoonEx, was awarded a contract as part of NASA's $10 million Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) program, and is shooting for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize as well. Jain believes the NASA contract will allow his company to start mining operations on the moon, something he says MoonEx can do as soon as 2013.

"Perpetual ownership of private or government assets in space or on other bodies is a well defined, documented and practiced aspect of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty,” explained company CEO Bob Richards in a recent blog post.

In other words, the moon's resources are essentially waiting to be claimed -- all you need is a way to get there.

In June of this year, MoonEx's lunar lander successfully completed a flight test at the Hover Test Facility in NASA's Ames Research Center, according to the facility's quarterly magazine.

A NASA spokesman did not respond to FoxNews.com requests for information.

"The end of the shuttle program wasn't the end of the moon mission, it was simply passing the baton from the public to the private sector," Jain told FoxNews.com.

He believes it will cost a pittance -- under a hundred million dollars -- to go back to the moon.

"There's a tremendous amount of waste in the government. Private companies can do things better," he said.

From the Moon to Energy and Education?

Jain -- a billionaire who made his fortunes first with Microsoft, then with dotcom-era yellow page site InfoSpace Inc. -- believes in the power of creative thinking. In addition to MoonEx, he's the CEO of information-services company Intelius and co-chair of education and global development at the X Prize Foundation.

"To have the biggest impact, you have to solve the problem as an entrepreneur," Jain told FoxNews.com, summarizing a speech he gave Monday in New York at Pivotcon 2011, a conference on the rise of social media.

"We want to solve the problem of energy on Earth by using the moon as the eighth continent," he told FoxNews.com.

And its not as hard as you might think. The highest expense lies in getting to the moon, he explained. Going from the surface of the moon into orbit is easy. And a solar sail can drive a capsule containing mined resources back to earth orbit and down to the surface.

"It's rocket science but it's well understood rocket science," he said.



Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/10/18/meet-man-who-wants-to-mine-moon/#ixzz1bAxGXNp0


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Garcia Bronco
10-18-2011, 04:49 PM
Do not mine the moon. Over a long enough period of time it could mess with our ecosystem down here.

jd1020
10-18-2011, 04:55 PM
Do not mine the moon. Over a long enough period of time it could mess with our ecosystem down here.

Who cares. We are all dead 12/12/2012. :rolleyes:

Garcia Bronco
10-18-2011, 04:55 PM
Shit...you are right. I forgot.

teedubya
10-18-2011, 05:00 PM
Oh, the moon's resources are gonna be claimed by some corporation... surprise.

ChiefsandO'sfan
10-18-2011, 05:00 PM
Who cares. We are all dead 12/12/2012. :rolleyes:

12-21-2012

Pasta Giant Meatball
10-18-2011, 05:08 PM
M-O-O-N that spells moon

Fish
10-18-2011, 05:10 PM
Yeah.... good luck with that.....

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/2531/mooniniteswallpaperbybi.jpg

Saul Good
10-18-2011, 05:22 PM
Mine that Bird

http://i1176.photobucket.com/albums/x336/hshaebr/MineThatBird_090502_300x275.jpg

whoman69
10-18-2011, 07:08 PM
I've read about the helium 3 before. I have my doubts that anyone can make this cheap enough to be feasible in the near future. Costs are astronomical to leave orbit.

Demonpenz
10-18-2011, 07:14 PM
Mime Warren Moon is easy, but it is hard to convence the crowd you can be successful without a tight end

ZootedGranny
10-18-2011, 07:24 PM
http://cdnimg.visualizeus.com/thumbs/26/d8/blow,up,the,moon,monkey,mr,,show-26d83f017b01132a64cd76f886acff03_m.jpg

Frazod
10-18-2011, 07:30 PM
I've read about the helium 3 before. I have my doubts that anyone can make this cheap enough to be feasible in the near future. Costs are astronomical to leave orbit.

I've read about the concept of extending a miles-long conveyor system from a geo-synchronous space station to a fixed spot on the earth's surface. Once it became operational, the costs of moving things to and from orbit would drop dramatically.

And while I'm sure they could figure out how to build it, how the hell would you finance it?

GordonGekko
10-18-2011, 10:30 PM
Until the next breakthrough in propulsion technology that makes getting into orbit from Earth economically feasible, the moon would have to yield pure diamonds for it to be worth it at the current costs for propellant to get into LEO.

Dave Lane
10-18-2011, 10:38 PM
Hell just plain moon rock would probably sell for as much as diamonds anyway. At least for awhile.

Count Zarth
10-18-2011, 10:42 PM
Offset the cost of going to the moon by bringing tourists up for moon trips.

Count Zarth
10-18-2011, 10:43 PM
Also, we will never allow anyone to set foot on the moon again because then they would discover what's really up there.

mikey23545
10-18-2011, 11:11 PM
Do not mine the moon. Over a long enough period of time it could mess with our ecosystem down here.

:spock:

GordonGekko
10-19-2011, 12:11 AM
Hell just plain moon rock would probably sell for as much as diamonds anyway. At least for awhile.

It would be a novelty, but no real economic value

MOhillbilly
10-19-2011, 08:10 AM
You ever seen the openin of Thundarr? Just say no to a split moon and sorcerers.

Rausch
10-19-2011, 08:23 AM
You ever seen the openin of Thundarr? Just say no to a split moon and sorcerers.

Fuck the infrastructure, I want a sunsword!1!

http://cartoons.infinitecoolness.com/01/thundarr06.jpg

Sofa King
10-19-2011, 08:30 AM
Come on people. Noone's ever been to the moon. How do we know what's even up there. It's all a guess.

JD10367
10-19-2011, 09:01 AM
Excellent. They'll destroy the earth by blowing the moon out of orbit, but I'll finally get my own hot widows-peaked redhead who can transform into any sexy actress I wanna fuck. :thumb:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/5148B07GTHL.jpg

blaise
10-19-2011, 09:07 AM
#occupythemoon

seaofred
10-19-2011, 09:17 AM
Do you guys remember the movie "The Time Machine" from like 2002? They mined the moon so much it split in half.

blaise
10-19-2011, 09:22 AM
Do you guys remember the movie "The Time Machine" from like 2002? They mined the moon so much it split in half.

So, the moon had a crack?

phisherman
10-19-2011, 09:25 AM
Yeah.... good luck with that.....

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/2531/mooniniteswallpaperbybi.jpg

ALL WE SAY AND DO IS RIGHT.

Frazod
10-19-2011, 09:26 AM
So, the moon had a crack?

:moon:

Brock
10-19-2011, 09:27 AM
Do not mine the moon. Over a long enough period of time it could mess with our ecosystem down here.

Ha ha ha wut

bevischief
10-19-2011, 10:49 AM
So, the moon had a crack?

There is crack on the moon?

mikey23545
10-19-2011, 10:54 AM
Ha ha ha wut

It's hard to tell which posts are serious and which aren't in this thread.

InChiefsHell
10-19-2011, 11:04 AM
Do not mine the moon. Over a long enough period of time it could mess with our ecosystem down here.

Damn right. I hate Big Moon...

Bob Dole
10-19-2011, 11:18 AM
Laws yes. M-O-O-N, that spells profit.

JD10367
10-19-2011, 11:48 AM
Ha ha ha wut

I would not want to see what would happen if there were a change in the moon's gravitational pull. This planet would be seriously fucked.

Rain Man
10-19-2011, 12:06 PM
It would be a novelty, but no real economic value

Just like diamonds!

Rain Man
10-19-2011, 12:08 PM
I've read about the concept of extending a miles-long conveyor system from a geo-synchronous space station to a fixed spot on the earth's surface. Once it became operational, the costs of moving things to and from orbit would drop dramatically.

And while I'm sure they could figure out how to build it, how the hell would you finance it?

Space elevators!

I'm utterly fascinated by the concept of space elevators. I really want us to build one just to see if it can really work.

Rausch
10-19-2011, 12:10 PM
Just like diamonds!

You do understand that they had very little worth once we found out Africa was diamond rich and we had to create a mark-...

Neb'mind...

Dave Lane
10-19-2011, 12:21 PM
It would be a novelty, but no real economic value

OK if you say so LMAO

Fish
10-19-2011, 12:25 PM
ALL WE SAY AND DO IS RIGHT.

We’ll take your pornography and sodomize our vast imaginations!

whoman69
10-19-2011, 12:25 PM
If they find dilithium crystals it will all be worth it.