The european space agency (ESA) are beginning to prepare to extract rocket fuel on the moon.
It is the Ariane Group, which received a one-year contract to investigate the possibility to shoot up an unmanned expedition to the moon by 2025.
the Goal is to be able to mine and process regolit from the surface of the moon.
From the regoliten it is possible to extract water and oxygen, which in turn can be used to make rocket fuel.
Something that can be important for a future manned base on the moon, and for expeditions further out in the solar system.
”To use space resources can be a key to a sustainable way to explore the moon, and this study is part of ESA's overall plan to make Europe to a party in the global utforskningsinsatserna over the next decade,” says David Parker, head of ESA's space exploration in a press release.