Ever wondered why some countries, companies and institutions like NASA are so interested in mining the Moon? Well, the answer is quite simple. The scientists say that the Earth’s satellite contains deposits of valuable rare earth minerals, essential for our lifestyle and technological development. You can find some of them in today’s infographic and learn more about the Moon’s incredibly valuable composition.
Despite the studies and tests, the interested countries and companies will have to wait for the ratification of the 1984 treaty, which regulates the extraction of resources from the Moon. Still, it will take us several years to be able to properly mine the satellite, as new machines will be needed to exploit the resources.
Then, there is also the cost of transporting the materials to Earth, which would be unbearable for now. However, once the Earth is depleted of its resources, we will have to find a solution and the Moon will probably be the answer, no matter the price.
Exploring the infinity and beyond will be our only way out, as the same rare earth elements that compose this infographic are too valuable for mankind to be ignored. Once Earth’s satellite turns into our only chance, the price tag of the extraction and transport operations won’t really matter.