Astronauts could mix moon dust with old satellites to make fuel

Astronauts could mix moon dust with old satellites to make fuel

Soil sourced directly from the lunar surface could help astronauts establish and sustain a permanent presence on the moon. 

Transporting materials from Earth to create a lunar infrastructure will be a costly and time consuming endeavor. So, instead, researchers from the University of Waterloo’s Laboratory for Emerging Energy Research (LEER) suggest lunar regolith — the moon’s top layer of soil and dust — is a locally available resource that can be processed into usable materials to support life, generate energy and build long-term habitats.

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