Nasa astronaut Harrison Schmitt collects lunar rock samples in 1972. Photo: AFP
Nasa astronaut Harrison Schmitt collects lunar rock samples in 1972. Photo: AFP
Space

Nasa seeks out explorers to fly to the moon at own expense and mine dirt, all nationalities welcome

  • The effort is meant to set a legal precedent for mining on the lunar surface that would allow Nasa to one day collect ice, helium or other materials
  • Activities are currently governed by a 1967 UN treaty that bars extraterrestrial military bases or nuclear weapons, but does not address space mining

Nasa astronaut Harrison Schmitt collects lunar rock samples in 1972. Photo: AFP
Nasa astronaut Harrison Schmitt collects lunar rock samples in 1972. Photo: AFP
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