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This popped up in one of the legion of email newsletters I generally fail to do anything other with than skim.

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It’s a video in which Barney Pell (successful entrepreneur and former NASA engineer) pitches the new venture with which he’s involved – Moon Express – and why going to the moon makes economic sense.

In a nutshell?  Minerals, including platinum.  If you’re interested in the short, 2 min pitch, it’s available on the Forbes website (I’d embed it here, but can’t, so meh).

But yes, it’s an interesting concept!  I’m not an engineer of any sort, so I’d be very interested to hear what other people think of the idea.

To get you started, I found these two articles, as well:

Lunar platinum and alcohol fuel cells

Mining The Moon: Closing The Business Case

And now: floor open!

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On a completely separate note, also came across this today: an hilarious cartoon showing the difference between how the public _thinks_ science is carried out, and how it actually is.  It’s funny, ’cause it’s true…