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Beyond Earth: Could Australia lead the race to mine the Moon?

With enough mineral wealth among the stars to theoretically give everyone on Earth $100bn each, outer space mining is an attractive prospect for the world’s most opportunistic miners. However, the technology first needs to be proven to be effective, with basic issues such as funding missions and securing fuel sources key early challenges. Professor Andrew Dempster of the University of New South Wales is leading a team that is aiming to extract water from the Moon, to demonstrate the feasibility of some of these ambitious plans.


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