Earlier this year, NASA released its Plan for Sustained Exploration and Development on the Moon. One of the biggest issues to its success in enabling sustained human exploration is being able to live off local resources, but the simple fact is that we do not know the full extent of the lunar resources that are available.
In 2023, NASA will launch its VIPER mission, a rover which is expected to begin exploring the resources at the poles of the Moon. However, before wider human exploration is possible, numerous locations will need to be visited to ensure sufficient resources are available. Prof. Clive Neal discusses this, the idea of an Artemis Base Camp, and how public-private partnership investment will help make human exploration back to the Moon a reality through developing the resources, production and new technologies.
Presented by Clive Neal, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Notre Dame College of Engineering.
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