Silicon Valley Start-Up To Mine The Moon

Moon BaseA new lunar gold rush? Via Phenomenonica:

A Silicon Valley start-up, founded by an Indian-American entrepreneur, plans to mine the moon and is in the process of building robotic rovers that will search the lunar surface for precious metals and rare metallic elements.

Moon Express Inc or MoonEx, co-founded by Naveen Jain, is building the robotic rovers alongside scientists at NASA’s Ames Research Centre near San Jose, a report in the Los Angeles Times said. “MoonEx should be ready to land on the lunar surface by 2013,” Jain said.

While there is no guarantee that the moon is “flush” with these materials, MoonEx thinks it “may be a gold mine of so-called rare earth elements.”

“From an entrepreneur’s perspective, the moon has never truly been explored,” the report quoted Jain, chairman and company co-founder, as saying. “We think it could hold resources that benefit Earth and all humanity.”

MoonEx’s machines are designed to look for materials that are scarce on Earth but found in everything from a Toyota Prius car battery to guidance systems on cruise missiles, the report added.

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  • Mamagriff50

    Like we haven’t done enough distruction to this planet, You want to start destroying another. Whats wrong with you guys? The moon should be off limits, it’s still pristeen except for a little crap we’ve left there. Leave it alone.

    • Rufus

      Uh, the moon is not a planet….its a moon. Also, its practically guaranteed to have huge veins of Unobtainium that we can mine without the interference of the Na’ vi! I say do it!

      • Voidthought

        You can define the objects whatever you like but nonetheless we should treat our Moon with some respect since we only know surface level information about it.

      • Firseal

        So where in the periodic table does Unobtainium belong?

    • Knews5

      I didn’t realize the Earth has been destroyed?! OMG! I guess the bright blue sky outside obscured the horrible damage.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Go look at the alberta tar sands then jackass. 

  • Mamagriff50

    Like we haven’t done enough distruction to this planet, You want to start destroying another. Whats wrong with you guys? The moon should be off limits, it’s still pristeen except for a little crap we’ve left there. Leave it alone.

  • MrPINKi

    The aliens are going to be real pist off if they start mining there. Im sure they’ll send over one of their supervisors from the dark side to shut any mining opps down as soon as they start.

  • MrPINKi

    The aliens are going to be real pist off if they start mining there. Im sure they’ll send over one of their supervisors from the dark side to shut any mining opps down as soon as they start.

  • Voidthought

    If this is a new “gold rush” then just be smart about harvesting a planetary object. We can define the world only so far as what we can sense, beyond that is questionable. We really need a wakeup call on cooperating with our world instead of treating it as lesser than us; that includes everything in it.

  • Voidthought

    If this is a new “gold rush” then just be smart about harvesting a planetary object. We can define the world only so far as what we can sense, beyond that is questionable. We really need a wakeup call on cooperating with our world instead of treating it as lesser than us; that includes everything in it.

  • Rufus

    Uh, the moon is not a planet….its a moon. Also, its practically guaranteed to have huge veins of Unobtainium that we can mine without the interference of the Na’ vi! I say do it!

  • july

    I think what we should do is clone one human being, freeze his clones, send them over to the moon. We then wake one up to do the work and fool him into thinking he is going home in six months to see his wife and daughter. By the sixth month or so his body would begin to decompose and we can kill him (After all he is a clone) and wake up the next clone to continue on drilling for energy supplies on the moon. Oh wait…did I see that in a movie?

  • july

    I think what we should do is clone one human being, freeze his clones, send them over to the moon. We then wake one up to do the work and fool him into thinking he is going home in six months to see his wife and daughter. By the sixth month or so his body would begin to decompose and we can kill him (After all he is a clone) and wake up the next clone to continue on drilling for energy supplies on the moon. Oh wait…did I see that in a movie?

  • SuperGrover

    They’re going to recieve one hell of a surprise.

  • SuperGrover

    They’re going to recieve one hell of a surprise.

  • Jmmeredith

    all joking aside, the moon is rich in h3, and several other minerals. 1 shuttle load of h3 would be worth billions, 1 shuttle load, this guy could over take the top 5 richest men combined within a decade of operation.

  • Jmmeredith

    all joking aside, the moon is rich in h3, and several other minerals. 1 shuttle load of h3 would be worth billions, 1 shuttle load, this guy could over take the top 5 richest men combined within a decade of operation.

  • Rictus

    Seriously? We know absolutely nothing about the moon’s fault lines, do we really want to start a trend that will likely lead to more and more extensive blasting for precious substances?

  • Rictus

    Seriously? We know absolutely nothing about the moon’s fault lines, do we really want to start a trend that will likely lead to more and more extensive blasting for precious substances?

  • Knews5

    I didn’t realize the Earth has been destroyed?! OMG! I guess the bright blue sky outside obscured the horrible damage.

  • Voidthought

    You can define the objects whatever you like but nonetheless we should treat our Moon with some respect since we only know surface level information about it.

  • Bwmmiller

    Yankee Doodle Day-dreams, wet ones even! No oil on the Moon, Dandy, forget it! Gold only good for monetary manipulations by Goldman Sachs, the Feds the IMF, even the Illuminati, has no practical value, only speculative value. Uranium, monopolized by the Uber Rich to higher value, more dangerous than plentiful Thorium, soon to fuel plutonium free, safer, Chinese reactors, and Diamonds were always a promotion by shills from South Africa, still worthless as sand except to the well propagandized suckers! Even Lithium, for the oncoming electric cars, readily available, or replaceable by NiCd or better, batteries from the EV-1! Rare earths your goal? Think Canada, Africa, South America and much cheaper, more practical, prospecting teams with well trained geologists, geophysicists in tow, even satellite technologies for back-up. Even rare earths soon to be engineered around as they grow scarce, proving science know no bounds!
    Gonna build secret military bases on the Moon? So What! China took the U.S.A. without a bullet fired, on the economic battlefield of the world, decades ago, even while America armed herself to the nines for a WWII battlefield senerio. Nobody showed Up! Surprise Yankee Doodle!
    Define Lunatic for me? Does the old definition still stand? Ass-holes.

    • Anarchy Pony

      Science knows lotsa bounds idiot, and the belief that it doesn’t will lead the majority of us to burning ruin.

  • Bwmmiller

    Yankee Doodle Day-dreams, wet ones even! No oil on the Moon, Dandy, forget it! Gold only good for monetary manipulations by Goldman Sachs, the Feds the IMF, even the Illuminati, has no practical value, only speculative value. Uranium, monopolized by the Uber Rich to higher value, more dangerous than plentiful Thorium, soon to fuel plutonium free, safer, Chinese reactors, and Diamonds were always a promotion by shills from South Africa, still worthless as sand except to the well propagandized suckers! Even Lithium, for the oncoming electric cars, readily available, or replaceable by NiCd or better, batteries from the EV-1! Rare earths your goal? Think Canada, Africa, South America and much cheaper, more practical, prospecting teams with well trained geologists, geophysicists in tow, even satellite technologies for back-up. Even rare earths soon to be engineered around as they grow scarce, proving science know no bounds!
    Gonna build secret military bases on the Moon? So What! China took the U.S.A. without a bullet fired, on the economic battlefield of the world, decades ago, even while America armed herself to the nines for a WWII battlefield senerio. Nobody showed Up! Surprise Yankee Doodle!
    Define Lunatic for me? Does the old definition still stand? Ass-holes.

  • Wanooski

    Go look at the alberta tar sands then jackass. 

  • Wanooski

    Science knows lotsa bounds idiot, and the belief that it doesn’t will lead the majority of us to burning ruin.

  • UncleB

    Work with me here! Human survival as defined as established in the American mind involves further exploitation for the wealth of a few at the top, and a promise, a vague, unsubstantiated suggestion that all peons may one day attain wealth themselves. China, communists, on the other hand, and even the Muslim and Christian faiths condemn this notion, and even the Christian notion in the ten commandments, casts a shadow over the Capitalist/corporatist philosophies .
    Too damned bad you suckers listened to the “Great American Corporate and Capitalist Propaganda Whore’s” ridiculous “American Dream” and her “sales pitch bull Shiite”, and built McMansions in place of practical realistic, sustainable mortgage-payable homes with gardens not lawns, with super insulation, with Solar electric LED lighting, with Passive Solar heat instead of extra rooms, big swimming pools, great large lawns to upkeep. Poor ass-holes. I feel sorry for you! See articles on Straw Bale, on Stack wood. Look on net for housing expected by peons in European countries – look to Denmark – net energy exporter with Wind Turbines alone – no Nukes at all! Look to Germany especially! They are so shutting down their Nukes – as fast as they can! What do they know full well, that our media keeps from us? Guess, ass-holes! China builds safe plutonium free, benign waste product, Thorium LFTR reactors – Google this! you can read! You can so Think! Never mind what you are told to believe, what you always believed, what your family believes, what “good Americans” believe! Read and see! Many Americans have gone “Off Grid” they “lurk” here on the net, without traceable addresses to be damned sure, and for their own protection. Search, watch for them! They offer good survival advice, philosophies,you need to read!
    The day has come where the U.S. fiat, Funny Money printing presses have met their ‘Waterloo’ – they can find no more suckers to borrow, and without your signatures, without you the American Working Class, the American Middle Class, signing these pledges to work your lives away, in usury, in debt, the bankers by law, have no seed promises, no chits, from which to generate more debt, thus keeping the “Magic American Circus” of debt backed wealth going! Why can’t you go into debt? Your ‘real wealth’, the very products of your labor, are astoundingly over-priced on world markets, and hence rest stockpiled in the warehouses, as China, and All Asia for that matter produce similar, and now better goods for prices not jacked up by Bankers and Usury’s “high leverage”. Market effect: Komatsu sells for much less than Caterpillar, Sony outsells with higher quality better designs than Philco-Ford, Even Chinese ‘brand names’ making marketplace over U.S. ‘brand names’. and Asians do their homework, do not rest on their laurels, and actually build better designed, more practical, more serviceable, more reality based products! look no further than the electronics markets – all from Asia now – Hewlett Packard the American brand name simply cannot compete with an All American built product!
    Capitalism works! China proves this! American styled vulture capitalism in the new corpocracy America has become ends with a few very rich at the top, many much poorer below, and no ‘interconnecting’ Middle Class – This is so America today! look only as far as the Detroit City third world ruins – the monument to Vulture Capitalism, Gary Indiana – same, Now Orleans – more, same. Now Google Shanghai skyline – that’s where the American Capital went – for slave labor wages, opportunities to make astounding ROI, for the few at the top – without regard for country or fellow patriots! America, failing fast, the U.S. dollar soon to be replaces as international currency of trade by consensus of the other nations of the world – They vote the U.S. dollar as over-manipulated, dishonestly handles, not me!
    One more, sorrowful Google for Americans, stunned by the spell-binding paradigm shifts their lives will go through in the 21st century – Google the skyline of Dubai – That is where your countries real wealth, the product of your efforts, your labors these past years are. Had Americans chosen in place of the Iraq debacle to spend the same $650 Billions of dollars wasted there, on conventional, Solar/Thermal development of the South Western U.S.A., today, all Americans would have jobs, all Americans would have access to a renewable, perpetual, source of clean electrical energy, with which to compete in world markets, and they would be able to produce products at world competitive prices, without the “tax” of the parasite foreign oil countries added into every effort they make. China today, wisely pursues safe energy from Thorium fueled LFTR reactors, to replace expensive and dwindling oil in the world. America forges ahead, blinkers full on, driving the price of oil ever-upward by their very demand, and pricing themselves off the market, out of jobs, and into poverty while a few by Capitalism’s firm legal rules get richer every day! A formula for failure, a formula that has already spelled out the end times for the greatest Caucasian Empire the world will ever see.

  • Anonymous

    Work with me here! Human survival as defined as established in the American mind involves further exploitation for the wealth of a few at the top, and a promise, a vague, unsubstantiated suggestion that all peons may one day attain wealth themselves. China, communists, on the other hand, and even the Muslim and Christian faiths condemn this notion, and even the Christian notion in the ten commandments, casts a shadow over the Capitalist/corporatist philosophies .
    Too damned bad you suckers listened to the “Great American Corporate and Capitalist Propaganda Whore’s” ridiculous “American Dream” and her “sales pitch bull Shiite”, and built McMansions in place of practical realistic, sustainable mortgage-payable homes with gardens not lawns, with super insulation, with Solar electric LED lighting, with Passive Solar heat instead of extra rooms, big swimming pools, great large lawns to upkeep. Poor ass-holes. I feel sorry for you! See articles on Straw Bale, on Stack wood. Look on net for housing expected by peons in European countries – look to Denmark – net energy exporter with Wind Turbines alone – no Nukes at all! Look to Germany especially! They are so shutting down their Nukes – as fast as they can! What do they know full well, that our media keeps from us? Guess, ass-holes! China builds safe plutonium free, benign waste product, Thorium LFTR reactors – Google this! you can read! You can so Think! Never mind what you are told to believe, what you always believed, what your family believes, what “good Americans” believe! Read and see! Many Americans have gone “Off Grid” they “lurk” here on the net, without traceable addresses to be damned sure, and for their own protection. Search, watch for them! They offer good survival advice, philosophies,you need to read!
    The day has come where the U.S. fiat, Funny Money printing presses have met their ‘Waterloo’ – they can find no more suckers to borrow, and without your signatures, without you the American Working Class, the American Middle Class, signing these pledges to work your lives away, in usury, in debt, the bankers by law, have no seed promises, no chits, from which to generate more debt, thus keeping the “Magic American Circus” of debt backed wealth going! Why can’t you go into debt? Your ‘real wealth’, the very products of your labor, are astoundingly over-priced on world markets, and hence rest stockpiled in the warehouses, as China, and All Asia for that matter produce similar, and now better goods for prices not jacked up by Bankers and Usury’s “high leverage”. Market effect: Komatsu sells for much less than Caterpillar, Sony outsells with higher quality better designs than Philco-Ford, Even Chinese ‘brand names’ making marketplace over U.S. ‘brand names’. and Asians do their homework, do not rest on their laurels, and actually build better designed, more practical, more serviceable, more reality based products! look no further than the electronics markets – all from Asia now – Hewlett Packard the American brand name simply cannot compete with an All American built product!
    Capitalism works! China proves this! American styled vulture capitalism in the new corpocracy America has become ends with a few very rich at the top, many much poorer below, and no ‘interconnecting’ Middle Class – This is so America today! look only as far as the Detroit City third world ruins – the monument to Vulture Capitalism, Gary Indiana – same, Now Orleans – more, same. Now Google Shanghai skyline – that’s where the American Capital went – for slave labor wages, opportunities to make astounding ROI, for the few at the top – without regard for country or fellow patriots! America, failing fast, the U.S. dollar soon to be replaces as international currency of trade by consensus of the other nations of the world – They vote the U.S. dollar as over-manipulated, dishonestly handles, not me!
    One more, sorrowful Google for Americans, stunned by the spell-binding paradigm shifts their lives will go through in the 21st century – Google the skyline of Dubai – That is where your countries real wealth, the product of your efforts, your labors these past years are. Had Americans chosen in place of the Iraq debacle to spend the same $650 Billions of dollars wasted there, on conventional, Solar/Thermal development of the South Western U.S.A., today, all Americans would have jobs, all Americans would have access to a renewable, perpetual, source of clean electrical energy, with which to compete in world markets, and they would be able to produce products at world competitive prices, without the “tax” of the parasite foreign oil countries added into every effort they make. China today, wisely pursues safe energy from Thorium fueled LFTR reactors, to replace expensive and dwindling oil in the world. America forges ahead, blinkers full on, driving the price of oil ever-upward by their very demand, and pricing themselves off the market, out of jobs, and into poverty while a few by Capitalism’s firm legal rules get richer every day! A formula for failure, a formula that has already spelled out the end times for the greatest Caucasian Empire the world will ever see.

  • Anonymous

     Alberta’s Tar Sands: Plan “B” already in place! Google Alberta’s politicians carefully now! They already have published plans to put Safe, plutonium free, benign waste product, Chinese Thorium fueled LFTR reactors on the Tar Sands, to provide clean, “CO2 free” heat for a much more environmentally friendly, Chinese/Canadian money backed, “Steam Extraction” of the oil there, which barely disturbs the top-soil! This methodology has already been tested, proven effective too! Currently, under obligation from the “Great American Corporate and Capitalist Propaganda Whore’s” ridiculous “American Dream” and her “sales pitch bull Shiite”, huge amounts of Canadian Natural Gas is burned off in the American devised technologies for oil recovery there, land is dug up, washed, and put out in great contaminated tailing ponds, and leaks out to surrounding rivers, streams, swamps, and destroys even them.
    Canadian/Chinese proposal includes Churchill Manitoba as a huge new Northern Super-Port, oil, and natural gas pipe lined there, shipped through the North West Passage, with assistance from existing Russian nuclear ice-breakers, Russian, Finnish and Swedish mariners with experience in Northern waters already, doing the job, The Ontario Northern Railway reinforced, revived, to bring products, goods from Ontario’s Golden Horse-shoe region to Churchill for export, China wishes to liquify Canadian Natural Gas, ship it in their existing vessels to Asian markets, larger, richer Asian populations. Even suggested are shipments of Canadian Iron Ore, Coal, minerals, metals, grains, flax, hemp, even well educated medical , engineering, sciences, mathematics, students. Canadian schools, and a concerted Canadian effort to read and write in yet another language, Mandarin, an easy task in a multi-Lingual Canada! We await the establishment of another West Edmonton styled Mall, another Canadian adaptation to our rich and prosperous Socialist Democracy our truly Northern country! The “Official Opposition” in our parliament today, The NDP would agree, and will probably win a majority in the next Canadian election!

  • Anonymous

     Alberta’s Tar Sands: Plan “B” already in place! Google Alberta’s politicians carefully now! They already have published plans to put Safe, plutonium free, benign waste product, Chinese Thorium fueled LFTR reactors on the Tar Sands, to provide clean, “CO2 free” heat for a much more environmentally friendly, Chinese/Canadian money backed, “Steam Extraction” of the oil there, which barely disturbs the top-soil! This methodology has already been tested, proven effective too! Currently, under obligation from the “Great American Corporate and Capitalist Propaganda Whore’s” ridiculous “American Dream” and her “sales pitch bull Shiite”, huge amounts of Canadian Natural Gas is burned off in the American devised technologies for oil recovery there, land is dug up, washed, and put out in great contaminated tailing ponds, and leaks out to surrounding rivers, streams, swamps, and destroys even them.
    Canadian/Chinese proposal includes Churchill Manitoba as a huge new Northern Super-Port, oil, and natural gas pipe lined there, shipped through the North West Passage, with assistance from existing Russian nuclear ice-breakers, Russian, Finnish and Swedish mariners with experience in Northern waters already, doing the job, The Ontario Northern Railway reinforced, revived, to bring products, goods from Ontario’s Golden Horse-shoe region to Churchill for export, China wishes to liquify Canadian Natural Gas, ship it in their existing vessels to Asian markets, larger, richer Asian populations. Even suggested are shipments of Canadian Iron Ore, Coal, minerals, metals, grains, flax, hemp, even well educated medical , engineering, sciences, mathematics, students. Canadian schools, and a concerted Canadian effort to read and write in yet another language, Mandarin, an easy task in a multi-Lingual Canada! We await the establishment of another West Edmonton styled Mall, another Canadian adaptation to our rich and prosperous Socialist Democracy our truly Northern country! The “Official Opposition” in our parliament today, The NDP would agree, and will probably win a majority in the next Canadian election!

  • UncleB

     Alberta’s Tar Sands: Plan “B” already in place! Google Alberta’s politicians carefully now! They already have published plans to put Safe, plutonium free, benign waste product, Chinese Thorium fueled LFTR reactors on the Tar Sands, to provide clean, “CO2 free” heat for a much more environmentally friendly, Chinese/Canadian money backed, “Steam Extraction” of the oil there, which barely disturbs the top-soil! This methodology has already been tested, proven effective too! Currently, under obligation from the “Great American Corporate and Capitalist Propaganda Whore’s” ridiculous “American Dream” and her “sales pitch bull Shiite”, huge amounts of Canadian Natural Gas is burned off in the American devised technologies for oil recovery there, land is dug up, washed, and put out in great contaminated tailing ponds, and leaks out to surrounding rivers, streams, swamps, and destroys even them.
    Canadian/Chinese proposal includes Churchill Manitoba as a huge new Northern Super-Port, oil, and natural gas pipe lined there, shipped through the North West Passage, with assistance from existing Russian nuclear ice-breakers, Russian, Finnish and Swedish mariners with experience in Northern waters already, doing the job, The Ontario Northern Railway reinforced, revived, to bring products, goods from Ontario’s Golden Horse-shoe region to Churchill for export, China wishes to liquify Canadian Natural Gas, ship it in their existing vessels to Asian markets, larger, richer Asian populations. Even suggested are shipments of Canadian Iron Ore, Coal, minerals, metals, grains, flax, hemp, even well educated medical , engineering, sciences, mathematics, students. Canadian schools, and a concerted Canadian effort to read and write in yet another language, Mandarin, an easy task in a multi-Lingual Canada! We await the establishment of another West Edmonton styled Mall, another Canadian adaptation to our rich and prosperous Socialist Democracy our truly Northern country! The “Official Opposition” in our parliament today, The NDP would agree, and will probably win a majority in the next Canadian election!

  • Firseal

    So where in the periodic table does Unobtainium belong?

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