A NASA astronaut now claims that by withdrawing clean energy and exploiting polar ice from the Moon, America could gain massive amounts of space resources. The space agency’s Artemis project intends to land American astronauts on the Moon by the year 2024 and set up the place for humans.
According to NASA astronaut Drew Feustel, the Moon has mining resources, rocket fuel potential, and solar energy that is not blocked by the atmosphere. However, no one knows for sure because no one has seen them, nor explored the place to freely make such claims.
Feustel put a lot on emphasis on the Moon’s polar ice caps, saying that he believes there are massive quantities of frozen water up there, which can be used to produce rocket fuel.
Other probabilities comprise mining the Moon’s surface for Helium-3, which is a non-radioactive isotope that could be utilized for power.
NASA has recently unveiled details of its plans for the Artemis Moon Lander that will take American astronauts to the Moon’s surface. In a report to the Federal Business Opportunities website, the space agency needs proposals from industry for the creation and manufacturing of integrated human lunar landers and implementation of crewed flight demonstrations to the Moon by 2024.
NASA also explained in some documents posted on the FBO website that astronauts will be traveling in an Orion spacecraft to the ‘Gateway,’ a space station cycling the Earth’s natural satellite. The Gateway vehicle will be used to help in transferring the crew and supplies into the Moon Lander.
The American space agency believes that a three-phase landing system will be used to transport astronauts to and from the lunar surface. However, NASA also says that it is also keen to discover alternative methods that can attain the same long-term plans of global lunar access and reusable landing crafts.