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 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Artist’s concept of 16 Psyche and the craft being sent to explore.

Countdown to Psyche mission launch

At T-minus 25 days until the launch of the Psyche, the technicians behind this first mission to a metal-rich asteroid beyond the orbit of Mars can barely contain their excitement. "It's getting... — Updated 9/12/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Two suited crew members collect rock samples from the moon’s surface.

Mining and manufacturing on the Moon

NASA has selected the geology team for the Artemis III moon flight, the first crewed lunar landing mission since the Apollo missions over 50 years ago. The astrogeology team will help plan geological... — Updated 9/6/2023

A field of boulders deposited by an ancient river on Mars.

Perseverance prospects Martian river

Martian geologist takes a page from Earth prospectors; collects sample of a conglomerate of rocks that washed down a Mars river. When a geologist must ship rock samples 217 million miles for analysis, only... — Updated 7/31/2023

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Artist rendering of a spacecraft exploring the metal-rich 16 Psyche asteroid.

Space mining visionaries play long game

Like flying cars and jet packs, space travel, colonization and resource mining are all lagging behind the imaginations of Hollywood, scientists, and billionaire CEOs. This is partly because NASA and its... — Updated 6/8/2023 Full story

 By K. Warner    Mining Tech
Rendering of the iSpace lunar lander preparing to land on the Moon.

Epiroc, iSpace partner in Moon missions

Epiroc, a leading Swedish equipment and tech innovator for the mining and infrastructure industries, has partnered up with Japanese automation and AI startup iSpace and its Luxembourg-based subsidiary... — Updated 4/21/2023

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Lunar Outpost’s MAPP rover to be used for mining on the Moon.

Australia's Moon to Mars Trailblazers

Foreseeing the importance of a presence in space, the Minister for Industry and Science, Australian parliament member Ed Husic, along with dignitaries from the Australian Space Agency and NASA, announced... — Updated 4/16/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Daoru Han and Jacob Ortega discuss space inside plasma vacuum chamber.

NASA Lunar Forge winner earns funding

Under the lead of a doctoral aerospace engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology, a team of 12 undergraduates have come together to continue research on a project that is out of... — Updated 3/28/2023 Full story

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
The MAPP rover made by Lunar Outpost will be used to mine the Moon.

Robots to clear the way for moon landings

Colorado School of Mines, Lunar Outpost work on NASA project The Center for Space Resources at Colorado School of Mines and Lunar Outpost has been selected to carry out the Autonomous Site Preparation:... — Updated 8/23/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
NASA ESA European Space Agency oxygen mining space Moon air plant Thales Alenia

ESA selects team to mine oxygen on Moon

Following a competition launched by the European Space Agency, it has selected Thales Alenia Space to design and build the first experimental payload to mine oxygen from the surface of the Moon. Tasked... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
NASA Artemis space program research Missouri Science Technology University

NASA chooses schools for Moon living

Missouri University of Science and Technology has been selected as part of a NASA project to develop lunar infrastructure technologies, with researchers from the school developing mineral extraction... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
University of Arizona NASA swarm autonomous robots Moon space mining

Scientists plan new method of Moon mining

A research team at the University of Arizona recently received $500,000 in NASA funding for a project to advance space mining methods through the use of autonomous robots, swarms of them. "It's really exci... — Updated 7/12/2022

NASA Artemis ESA Moon Mars space mining geoscience Pangaea-X EFB

ESA launches Pangaea space geology course

As NASA prepares for Artemis, which will establish an outpost on the Moon in preparation to send humans to Mars, at least some of the next generation of astronauts will need to have a discerning eye for... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Redwire Space NASA Break the Ice Challenge winner rover space mining Moon

NASA Break the Ice Challenge winners

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Aug. 18 announced the winners of its Break the Ice Lunar Challenge, which is incentivizing new approaches for excavating resources on the Moon and beyond.... — Updated 7/12/2022

NASA Perseverance space mining Mars rover drilling Curt Freeman Caltech

Drill recovery issues go interplanetary

Many Earthbound mineral exploration geologists can relate to the disappointment that must have been felt by NASA scientists when they realized that the Perseverance rover did not recover a sample from the... — Updated 7/12/2022

Mars Perseverance NASA space mining geology robotics rover rock samples Caltech

Mars geologist preps for historic drilling

A year after embarking on its 292.5-million-mile journey to Mars, NASA's Perseverance rover is readying to collect its first Martian rock sample. Since its February arrival, the robotic geologist and its h... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
Lunar Outpost NASA ice mining HIPPO Rover Masten Honeybee challenge moon

Moon mining challenge opens new doors

Colorado-based aviation and aerospace company, Lunar Outpost, famed for its $1 sale of moon rocks to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is now participating in NASA's Break the Ice Lunar... — Updated 7/10/2022 Full story

NASA JPL-Caltech Mars rover Perseverance space mining robotics geologist

Perseverance is a well equipped geologist

The long-term exploration and colonization of Mars will not be able to rely on the expense of rocketing goods beyond the gravitational pull of Earth and then another 171 million miles to the Red Planet.... — Updated 7/10/2022 Full story

space mining Colorado School of Mines NASA aerospace engineering Jamal Rostami

Colorado school adds space mining minors

With NASA and the private sector taking a serious look at mining lunar and Martian soil in support of human outposts, Colorado School of Mines has unveiled two new undergraduate minors to support these... — Updated 7/10/2022 Full story

Minimoon University of Hawaii Vera C. Rubin Observatory Kacper Wierzchos

Asteroid mining labs are circling Earth

Natural "minimoons" that temporarily orbit Earth may be interesting targets for both scientific study and to practice asteroid mining techniques. While Earth is orbited by thousands of artificial... — Updated 7/10/2022

 By A.J. Roan    Mining Tech
ISS microbes REE biomining NASA BioRock UK Center for Astrobiology

Microbes mine metals, make soil on ISS

Drifting some 250 miles above the Earth, researchers aboard the International Space Station have enlisted the help from some of the smallest miners in the universe, microbes. These off-world experiments... — Updated 7/10/2022

Deep Space asteroid mining University of Adelaide flow mineral process

Space miners may need to go with the flow

It is no secret that over the last couple of decades, mining in Australia has increased to the point that it is a world-class provider of resources and the technologies to extract them. Fields once thought... — Updated 7/10/2022 Full story

Moon mineral exploration astronauts rock hammers lunar rover

Precedent setting moon sampling mission

NASA wants to buy Moon rocks from a private space miner able to fly up and grab an up to 1.1-pound lunar sample and deliver it to the space agency by 2024. The space administration is not particular about... — Updated 7/10/2022

SpaceX Falcon launches from Cape Canaveral Heavy Falcon NASA Psyche Mission

SpaceX to launch NASA mission to Psyche

SpaceX will be launching a NASA payload to 16 Psyche, a roughly 173-mile-long asteroid in the belt between Mars and Jupiter that is made up of nickel, iron and other metals. Currently slated for launch in... — Updated 7/2/2022

Mars colonist solar panels spacesuit Martian mining construction SpaceX

Trump order lays space mining groundwork

Space exploration and colonization will not always be able to rely on the expense of rocketing goods beyond the gravitational pull of Earth. Instead, the mining of ice and other minerals for fuel, water... — Updated 9/14/2020 Full story


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