# Are there any resources available on the moon that could make a base commercially viable?

It seems that if we had a lunar base going then we would be more likely to invent things that would improve space travel. It also seems that private industry is faster at developing these improvements than if we leave it to governments alone. So is there any commercially exploitable resources we know about on the moon that could be commercially viable as an industry?

• 1. Get moon dust. 2. Sell moon dust to scientists for $100000 an ounce. 3. Profit! – Undo Sep 2 '13 at 14:15 • – JohnB Sep 2 '13 at 20:36 • Location, sights and gravity. A lunar base would be a great tourist destination. – SF. Jan 4 '17 at 7:40 • @SF - it is never going to be able to compete with a Disney world. In the event we develop the technology that would be able to handle the logistical issues involved with ferrying 25-50k people a day to the moon, I seriously doubt the boring old moon would be the prime destination – Chad Jan 4 '17 at 15:37 • @Chad: Disney World will never have 1/6th Earth gravity. Plus 25k people times \$100 is the same income as 25 people times \\$100k. You might think Moon boring - but I believe low gravity can be exploited in thousands of creative ways. – SF. Jan 4 '17 at 16:28