Everyone is familiar with NASA's ambitious missions to the Moon. Her plan is to send the first woman to the moon, as well as to stay a man for a long time. Recently NASA initiated efforts to pay private companies for mining on the moon and announced that it wanted to buy stones, dust and other materials from the moon. For this, the agency also appealed to the private sector to excavate for it.
NASA administration official Jim Bridenstine referred to a blog post announcing that his plans would not violate the 1967 agreement. According to which the celestial bodies and space will be free from claims of national rights. In this effort, it has been discussed about the companies that are planning to send robots to exploit resources on the moon.
This is part of NASA's goals called Bridenstein's Norms of Behavior in Space. This will allow private exploration on the moon, which can help in future space travel related missions. NASA says that it sees the excavated resources as the company's assets and after purchasing them they will become the property of NASA.
According to NASA's Artemis program, the US is preparing to send the first female and one male to the moon by 2024. It is believed to be the role of NASA's ambitious mission to send the first man to Mars.
At the event organized by the Secure World Foundation, a space policy body, Breidstein said, "The real thing is that to make it possible, we are going to buy some of the Moon's soil." Bridenstine said that NASA would buy more resources like ice and other substances that could be discovered on the moon.
NASA released the much-discussed Artemis Agreement in the month of May this year which according to it would form an international treaty for exploration on the Moon. In this, NASA had proposed to include all the basic principles that can act as a regulator of humans living and working on the Moon.
In this, companies will be able to own and treat the moon's resources by excavating them. This is believed to be an important part of the treaty, which NASA contractors will be able to convert lunar ice into rocket fuel or build launching pads from lunar materials.
Not only this, but NASA has also proposed that it will buy limited amount of moon resources and companies have also asked to give their proposals. According to the agreement, the company which excavates stones and dust on the moon will be able to sell it to NASA without bringing it to Earth.
NASA international relations chief Mike Gold said it is a small step for space resources, but a long jump in policy terms. It is worth noting that private sector activism is now going to be a requirement of NASA, especially about the moon. NASA has already entrusted the task of space launch to the private sector. Now NASA wants to focus on other research.