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Data of chemical element ambundance on celestial objects?

For worldbuilding purposes, I'm trying to find data on chemical element abundance on different celestial bodies, and I'm interested in numbers or percentages by mass. I have found something about ...
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Since pure Platinum is found in alluvial deposits on Earth, could it not be detected by Perseverance on or near the fan-delta deposit in Jezero?

Platinum is an extremely rare metal, occurring at a concentration of 0.005 ppm in Earth's crust, but in some alluvial deposits it is often found chemically uncombined as native platinum and as an ...
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Which of Jupiter’s Galilean moons would be easiest to establish a permanent presence on? [closed]

The moons of Jupiter are numerous and varied. Which of them would be easiest to colonise in terms of technological complexity?
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Can the resources of Titan be of any use for colonisation of the Saturn system [closed]

Will the resources of Titan aid outer solar system exploration? What does Titan have? Well: *Lakes of ethane and methane *Thick atmosphere, mostly nitrogen *Ices stored in the rocks (the rocks are ...
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Is having a natural satellite an advantage for colonising a planet or its satellite system?

Natural satellites contain resources and sometimes atmospheres, and are close to their parent and sometimes lots of other moons. Couldn’t we use a base there to colonise its parent or a neighbouring ...
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How to transport C and N₂ from Mars to the Moon?

While the Moon can offer many raw materials for the manufacturing of a wide range of technological components, it lacks abundant sources of carbon (required for steel) and nitrogen (useful for ...
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How can we source potassium fluoride outside of Earth?

Potassium fluoride is the best known terrestrial option to purify the various materials used for the manufacturing of photovoltaic panels. Many of these materials can be found in regolith. The process ...
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Sub Lunar Mining

What mineable Lunar mineral deposits are valuable enough to offset mission costs. I have read perhaps cobalt, titanium, lithium, helium and maybe obsidian?
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Asteroid mining: will full asteroid prospecting require sending probes to each asteroid?

It is well known that many characteristics about an asteroid such as orbit, size, rotation and chemical composition can be obtained remotely thanks to passive techniques such as spectrophotometry, ...
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Why is the LROC lunar data not showing farside of the moon?

This data does not include the far side, why not? e.g I want TiO2 on the far side: https://quickmap.lroc.asu.edu/layers?extent=-90,-28.758929,90,28.758929&proj=10&showGraticule=true&layers=...
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Together with an ISRU investigation, the scientific value of a local Martian weather experiment by uncovering the near surface ice in Nier crater?

From NASA's Treasure Map for Water Ice on Mars: "You wouldn't need a backhoe to dig up this ice. You could use a shovel," said the paper's lead author, Sylvain Piqueux of NASA's Jet ...
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Full lunar mineralization/ore map

This is really quick I'm searching for a full complete ore map of the moon, I found this: But, as you can see, is impossible read.
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How could the presence of 3He be detected on the lunar surface?

I have been investigating this isotope of helium for a while, which is extremely abundant on the moon (and in general in the entire solar system except on planets with atmosphere). It is believed that ...
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Are there hydrocarbons on the Moon?

A recent answer suggested using "methane and other hydrocarbons" for geothermal energy recovery on the Moon. You would not need to use water [on the moon]! You could use the methane and other ...
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moon structure ownership

Lets say I made a robot with a bunch of tools and landed it on the Moon (Luna). Then using remote control I instructed a robot over video/control channel to extract some resources (metals, oxigen, ...)...
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How many companies currently specialize in (the research of) asteroid mining?

After two major players aiming at asteroid mining (not just the Moon) were bought up and repurposed, who still does follow this topic as a primary business model? Deep Space Industries was bought by ...
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Could the Kordylewski clouds be harvested?

Could the Kordylewski clouds be harvested electrostatically to be used for shielding at Earth moon L4 and L5 space stations? As it's been suggested they may pose a problem for the space stations ...
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Most attractive resource on the Moon

What is the most attractive resource available to be extracted on the Moon? By the most attractive I mean the most useful considering the location in which it's extracted and including all the ...
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How might water floating in space be 'mined'?

I feel like this is a bit of a dumb question, but I've been reading some articles about the giant body of water scientists have found floating in space (e.g. Enormous water reservoir found in space is ...
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Is there a method for finding the chemical composition of asteroids?

Any equations or research paper would be helpful.
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Copper abundance in the Moon

I have been searching many times for information regarding copper abundance in the Moon, but until now, I haven't found any that clearly expresses anything about its abundance. Would it be viable to ...
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How deep could a lunar mine go?

Mine shafts on earth are limited in how deep they can go by two things, internal heat and rock pressure. The deepest mine on Earth currently is just under 4 kilometers. There is internal heat on the ...
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Could there be any use with importing vacuum from space to Earth?

Space exploration pessimists say that there's nothing to import from space to Earth. So why not begin with doing exactly that?! :-) It's commonly claimed that the vacuum of space is harder (emptier) ...
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Chemical resources on the moon in relation to human occupation

Suppose large settlements are established on the moon with lots of people and industrial activity. Based on what we know, what chemicals that are needed for human life and industry might be lacking? ...
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How could you create water and air from materials in the Solar System?

If you don't have access to Earth(but still the moon) or the Sun, where could you obtain enough hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen to create enough water and an N2 and O2 atmosphere for, say a population ...
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Do (Or can) satellites help renewable energy companies? [closed]

Renewable energy, such as wind, solar, and geothermal, can sometimes be difficult to find optimal locations for. How are, or can, satellites be used to assist in finding the optimal locations for ...
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How much iron is on the surface of Mars?

It's (relatively) common knowledge that Mars is known as the "Red Planet" because of an abundance of iron oxide, AKA rust, on its surface. At first glance, that looks like "iron, iron, everywhere." ...
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How is it known that asteroid 2011 UW158 has so much platinum?

Today an asteroid, 2011 UW158, is passing within 2.4 million km of Earth. There are a lot of reports of this asteroid containing $5.4 trillion of platinum in its core. People seem to want to mine it, ...
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What useful materials can be extracted from Venusian atmosphere?

Consider a cloud-top colony on Venus. What materials needed for the upkeep and expanding of the colony can be taken from Venusian atmosphere, excluding any possibility of mining the surface?
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How much do we know about minerals and raw materials that are in our solar system?

Based on satellite and robots research, is there an overview/inventory of mineral resources that has been discovered till now on the planets, moons, asteroids and comets of our solar system (e.g. list,...
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Manufacturing solar cells on the Moon

How practical is it to manufacture solar cells on the Moon? I understand there is a lot of silica there, and in theory if we could robotically make and deploy solar cells on the Moon, then we would (...
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How much can be said about the bedrock of the Moon?

Volatiles in polar craters on the Moon are great, but so far apparently it is unclear how much is there. Though I still have a lot of reading to do, so far I haven't found any information about what ...
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Are there relevant resources on the Moon for civil engineering?

We can read about Moon exploitation and making bases on there for long-term colonies. But bringing materials to make buildings there does not makes economical sense, and a large spaceship may be a ...
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Is there enough iron on the Moon to support industry?

I wonder what is concentration of iron in Moon's soil and whether iron ore is available there. Is there enough iron for successful industry?
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Could lunar mining be used to service Low Earth Orbit?

What would be the major hurdles of setting up an autonomous mining operation on the Moon to shoot lunar rock to something like the ISS? I would think it would be a much easier way to get radiation ...
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Could customary law realistically be used to block commercial use of the moon's resources?

In the fictional 2003 book The Next Continent (p. 241-252), set in 2030, the Moon Treaty is used in the UN International Court of Justice to put a commercial project at the south pole of the moon on ...
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Mining and the transportation of resources

With the recent bootstrapping of so many space centric companies, it's starting to look like our economy will extend beyond the bounds of Earth sooner rather than later. Assuming that mining ...
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Feasibility of colonising Ceres?

Ceres is a dwarf planet in the midst of the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter - its location in the Asteroid Belt makes it a good base to mine the riches believed to exist in the asteroids. ...
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Can materials be found to make plastic on Mars?

Does Mars contain the materials required to make plastic? If not, can they relatively easily be made, or an adequate substitute found?
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Does Mercury have the necessary natural resources to sustain a human colony?

Given that deep craters on Mercury's polar regions could provide protection from the searing heat and radiation of the closer Sun, a colony on Mercury could be possible. For any colony to be ...
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Can I harvest diamonds from the rain of Saturn and Jupiter?

A recent news article on BBC News indicates that 1,000 tonnes of diamonds a year are being created on Saturn This is like science fact that screams it must be Science Fiction! Assuming the ...
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What are the resource implications of the prevalence of supervolcanoes on Mars?

According to the article "Supervolcanoes Rocked Early Mars" (Vergano, 2013), there is evidence that supervolcanic activity has occurred on the red planet. Also, it is believed some features ...
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Practical Lunar He-3 mining approach?

There is a lot of popular talk that There may be huge deposits of Helium-3 on the Moon, and It could be used for very efficient fusion reactors. Unfortunately in the bulk of popular talk actual ...
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What source of raw materials could be found in space for making plastics?

Plastics are made from organic solids, and recent studies indicate that pound for pound they are a better shield against galactic cosmic rays then some metals. If you are lifting mass to orbit or ...
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How much total mass has humankind utilized to launch (successfully & unsuccessfully) all the worlds satellites, probes, and manned missions? [closed]

This question asks how much mass has been launched into Space. I would like to know how much mass was required to launch that mass into Space. What is the ratio between mass launched and the resources ...
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Is there an alternative to nuclear reactors for high-power spacecraft?

Many of my favorite ideas for space exploration, such as large outer solar system probes, or the Mars Direct human Mars exploration proposal, require nuclear reactors to supply the high-power ...
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What resources could be gained from asteroid mining that would be worth the effort?

Obviously asteroids are abundant in many of the raw materials we use today, but considering the (presumably) large expense involved in mining from asteroids it may not be worthwhile to mine some ...
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Does Mars contain materials that could be used to build a space colony?

If a manned mission to mars was made with the hope of colonization, we would probably need to make many of our structures there out of materials found there - they would probably be simply too heavy ...
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Could a spacecraft be made out of lunar materials?

Would it be possible to construct a working spacecraft using only materials extracted from the lunar surface? If not, what materials would we have to be ferried from Earth for this purpose?
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What are the actual legal prerequisites for extracting natural resources from asteroids by private entities?

The Moon Treaty states that no extraterrestrial property can be owned by any organization or person, with the exception of international and governmental organization. So, taking the current state of ...
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