ISRU

Not Just Water, There Could be Frozen Carbon Dioxide on the Moon too

Despite all its wonderful properties, water isn’t the only resource needed for space exploration.  Carbon is another important ingredient for…

2 months ago

NASA is Building a Nuclear Reactor to Power Lunar and Martian Exploration!

NASA and the U.S. Dept. of Energy have come together to solicit design proposals for a nuclear reactor that will…

2 months ago

There’s Enough Oxygen in the Lunar Regolith to Support Billions of People on the Moon

In recent article, soil scientist John Grant discusses the ways in which we could harvest abundant amounts of oxygen directly…

2 months ago

Bacteria Could Make Rocket Fuel on Mars

There are many types of rocket fuel.  Some are more useful on a particular planet.  And some can be created…

3 months ago

Chefs on the Moon Will be Cooking up Rocks to Make air and Water

NASA has delayed their Artemis mission to the Moon, but that doesn't mean a return to the Moon isn't imminent.…

4 months ago

The Lunar Lantern Could be a Beacon for Humanity on the Moon

The Lunar Lantern, an intriguing concept for establishing a human presence on the Moon, is currently being featured at the…

7 months ago

How do you get Power into Your Lunar Base? With a Tower of Concrete Several Kilometers High

It sounds like science fiction, but building an enormous tower several kilometers high on the Lunar surface may be the…

11 months ago

NASA is Considering a Radio Telescope on the Far Side of the Moon

The University of Colorado Boulder and Lunar Resources Inc. have just won NASA funding to study the possibility of building…

11 months ago

Mining Water and Metal From the Moon at the Same Time

In-situ resource utilization (ISRU) is becoming a more and more popular topic as space exploration begins to focus on landing…

11 months ago

NASA Invests in a Plan to Build Landing Pads and Other Structures on the Moon out of Regolith

Materials are a crucial yet underappreciated component of any space exploration program.  Without novel materials and ways to make them,…

11 months ago