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America will soon start looking for resources on the moon. Trump has signed an executive order that will allow the U.S. to mine the moon for resources.
A little history lesson, back in 1979 the Moon Treaty was created indicating that the country doesn’t see space as a “global commons,” but the U.S. did not sign it. This new order titled, “Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources,” says “Americans should have the right to engage in commercial exploration, recovery, and use of resources in outer space.”
Its all expected to start around 2024. NASA’s Artemis program will see two astronauts land on the moon in 2024 in order to establish a human presence on and around the moon by 2028.
The order also means that America can object to “any attempt to use international law to hinder its efforts to remove chunks of the moon” and Mars, plus any “other celestial bodies.” The federal government, however, will “require partnership with commercial entities to recover and use resources, including water and certain minerals, in outer space.”