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Most attractive resource on the Moon

First off almost all resource extraction in space is really only remotely close to cost effective if the resources themselves are used in space. The general number thrown around is ~$10,000 per ...
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Most attractive resource on the Moon

Lunar ice may be of some importance for a different reason: its possible role in making iron and steel. On Earth, we commonly use carbon (coke) to smelt iron from its oxides, thus to make steel. But ...
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Is there mineral nitrogen on Martian surface?

According to NASA the answer is "Yes". Nitric oxide, which can be formed from pyrolysis of nitrates, evolved from heated samples of Martian soil. Nitrates on Earth may be made by biological ...
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Is having a natural satellite an advantage for colonising a planet or its satellite system?

Whether a moon can facilitate colonization depends on the situation, but in general it's not a big advantage. If you are colonizing the planet then it most likely has most of what you need, if it was ...
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Which of Jupiter’s Galilean moons would be easiest to establish a permanent presence on?

Callisto. The other large Jovian moons receive too much radiation from Jupiter's radiation belts (Callisto 0.01rem/day compared to Ganymede 8rem/day, Europa 540 rem/day, Io 3600 rem/day). Callisto is ...
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Can the resources of Titan be of any use for colonisation of the Saturn system

We know very little about the goals, scope and means of a hypothetical colonisation of the Saturn system. Thus it is difficult to say anything meaningful about its edge over other locations in the ...
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What's next for Planetary Resources?

Their timeline has no info because Planetary resources is dead. They were unable to meet investor performance goals and then died. The buyout you mentioned was just a talent acquisition move, not a ...
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