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Photo-s99_04187
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Lunar resources would increase our motivation to return to the Moon
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S99-04187 (1995) --- Lunar resources, such as lunar oxygen from regolith or possibly from south pole ice deposits, would increase our motivation to return to the Moon and could significantly enhance the economics of future lunar colonization. Initially, work crews from Earth transported in highly modular transportation systems would supplement automated mining operations. As industrial operations grow, lunar settlement would follow. This image produced for NASA by Pat Rawlings, (SAIC).

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