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Lunar Return
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The south pole of the Moon has usable amounts of water in the bottom of deep craters, and water more or less equates to rocket fuel (or propellant, if humanity sees sense and starts using nuclear power for rocketry). It's ice, so it will have to be mined and mining by robots is notoriously ineffective. One would need there either humans or consciousness-grade AI; humans will probably be available for the job earlier.

Sure, some asteroids have volatiles too - but they are a lot further away.

Personally, I think the presence of deep craters at the Lunar south pole is evidence for intelligent design somewhere - not necessarily where creationists think it is. A propellant cache just where it will do the most good...
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Lunar Return - by PortalHunter - 02-03-2016, 01:59 AM
RE: Lunar Return - by Rynn - 02-03-2016, 02:59 AM
RE: Lunar Return - by Dalex - 02-03-2016, 07:58 PM
RE: Lunar Return - by Rynn - 02-03-2016, 08:24 PM
RE: Lunar Return - by Cray - 02-04-2016, 02:28 AM
RE: Lunar Return - by Rynn - 02-04-2016, 02:39 AM
RE: Lunar Return - by Dalex - 02-04-2016, 08:44 AM
RE: Lunar Return - by Rynn - 02-04-2016, 09:09 AM
RE: Lunar Return - by iancampbell - 02-04-2016, 07:38 PM
RE: Lunar Return - by stevebowers - 02-05-2016, 05:54 PM
RE: Lunar Return - by iancampbell - 02-05-2016, 10:35 PM

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