Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

NASA And The Politics Of Going Back To The Moon

It is “fantasy” to think that humanity can make the leap directly to Mars colonization without first setting up bases on the Moon, according to planetary scientist Alan Binder, the principal investigator for NASA’s 1998 orbital Lunar Prospector mission.  The next step, he says, is a $20 billion commercial lunar base.

“For-profit commercial efforts that are going for lunar minerals will eventually lead us to colonization of the moon,” said Binder. “Commercial mining is the key to opening the Moon to global exploration, utilization and colonization.”

Question is, when will any of this actually see fruition?

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.forbes.com

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