A scientist appreciated the prospect of using lunar resources
MOSCOW, (BM) – Using lunar resources to provide a base on it will make it possible to get rid of dependence on their supply from Earth, Igor Mitrofanov, head of the department of nuclear planetology at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told RIA Novosti, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Earlier, US President Donald Trump signed a decree securing the right of Americans to extract space resources, and ordered within six months to discuss relevant agreements with other countries.
The document states that space is legally and physically a unique domain of human activity, and the United States does not consider it a public domain. The document emphasizes that the United States supports the 1967 space treaty, but opposes the 1979 agreement on the activities of states on the moon and other celestial bodies, which today has been signed by less than 20 countries.
“The use of lunar resources on the spot, on the moon itself, will certainly take place during its study and development,” said Mitrofanov.
He noted that scientists found deposits of water ice at the lunar poles, so life support systems will be able to use lunar water and lunar oxygen.
“In the future, the moon will also produce hydrogen for use as fuel in rocket engines,” Mitrofanov added.
According to him, elements of the structures of the lunar infrastructure will be printed from lunar regolith.
“These technologies for the application of lunar resources” in place “will free the astronautics from the need to pull out heavy loads for delivery to the moon from a deep pit of earth’s gravity,” the scientist added.
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