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Experts from all over the world convened this month in Luxembourg for the first Space Resources Week.

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The objective of the gathering, held October 7-11, was to discuss how best to explore our Solar System sustainably and limit costly transport of resources from Earth.

Credit: ESA/Screengrab Inside Outer Space

On the last two days of Space Resources Week, the European Space Agency (ESA) organized a workshop together with the Luxembourg Space Agency to plan the steps Europe will take in the next five years. Over 350 participants from a broad range of disciplines met, including academia, industry, mining and energy companies attended, as well as politicians, entrepreneurs, investors and economists.

Significant progress

Over the last two years, ESA has made significant progress in this field, developing a strategy for space resources and implementing ground-based research, technology and mission definition activities that is part of its “Space19+” proposal to member states.

Credit: ESA/Screengrab Inside Outer Space

The Moon’s south polar region is of great interest to lunar researchers and explorers because the low angle of the Sun over the horizon leads to areas of partial or even complete shadow.

Credit: ESA/Screengrab Inside Outer Space

These shadowed areas and permanently dark crater floors, where sunlight never reaches, are believed to hide water ice and other frozen substances that could be analyzed to better understand the natural processes that formed them, and used to produce resources such as oxygen and propellant in the future.

Go to these informative ESA videos:

Prospecting the Moon

Locally-sourced on the Moon

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