Something more than a century and a half after the California gold rush swept, Silicon Valley in the same U.S. state became the epicenter of a new wave of feverish campaign to precious metals. Only, unlike the diggers of the 19th century, the aim earth gold, now it comes to engineers invading untapped mineral wealth - the moon.
Statement by American astronaut Neil Armstrong that when in 1969. Came to the moon, he made "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," gets a new meaning. Since the beginning of this year there were two large paper, in Canada and Australia, the space devoted to mining, especially on the moon, which is considered the first and most fertile places outside the country to win the valuable mineral resources.
Mineral maps American space agency NASA show that the geological composition of the moon is very rich and is the true source of deposits for the bravest space miners. Among these riches untouched a large number of rare minerals such as yttrium, lanthanum and samarikum for which there is great demand for his role in the high-tech industry.
President of the Canadian Space Society traffic Arnie Sokolov believes that the planet mining is becoming the driving force of cosmic research:
- I have no doubt that one day the space mining to overtake earth - he is convinced.
Sokolov added that for some brave souls, and profound space agencies started just this way. The main "nursery" in the U.S. Silicon Valley. Among the dozens of companies that deal in California this research develops competition, which received concrete expression in the competition for "Google's" "X-lunar" reward of 30 million dollars. It is intended for private companies that most successfully lowered a robot to the moon, they manage to run it longer and send your best shots, especially water, back to Earth.
Mars Society President Dr. Jonathan Clark of Geological Sciences in Australia, said that the Moon follows the limits of the mining industry. Predicts that the water target of the first conquest. Clark believes that the lunar water is of crucial importance for the future of space mining mission, not only for basic functions, for drinking and washing, but also as a fuel for robots and converted into oxygen for breathing:
- We know that there is water on the moon. Water is rocket fuel. It sustains life and agriculture. Thus, the lunar commercial exploitation is the first step to becoming a part of our Moon, humane world - confirms Bob Richards, Director of "Moon Express," one of dozens of companies in Silicon Valley, working in mining research space.
Richards from Canada moved to Silicon Valley, because he thinks it's "capital of capital with an appetite for risk." It is believed that the mining space that has become a reality within a decade. In the following years, the intensive will explore the moon and search for its ore "hot spots":
- We already know that the moon has a more noble metal than the overall reserves on Earth. The race is on! - He says.
The moon is expected crowd of robots and astronauts, but started racing very earthly, and the question that arises even ground. Can anyone lay claim to the moon?
This is exactly the most attractive part of the month is a gold rush. According to the agreement of the universe in 1967. The no nation can possess Month, which extends to most individuals and businesses. But:
- Pursuant to the agreement, the property is not allowed, but encouraged free access and exploitation. You can not have anything, but can go out there and exploit - says lawyer James Danstan space issues.
American Silicious Valley is the epicenter of research, but the race is global. China, however, plans to put a probe on the moon as early as this year, and to send astronauts to the 2020th year, so as things stand, the water in Beijing initiated a golden race conquering the moon.
LIFE IN MULTIPLE WORLDS
Richards is confident that people will find a way to settle on the Moon: - We become beings capable of living in several worlds. The first man to enter into Mars in our lifetime, for the next 10 to 20 years. And our people will be transformed. Pads with its technology. What we call humanity redefinisaće to be taught how to reprogram our bodies to live longer, with machines capable to work in symbiosis with our bodies to treat the disease - young scientist predicts.