A brief review of chemical and mineralogical resources on the Moon and likely initial In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) applications

M. Anand, I.A. Crawford, M. Balat-Pichelin, S. Abanades, W. van Westrenen, G. Péraudeau, R. Jaumann, W. Seboldt

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In situ resource utilization (ISRU) refers to the in situ generation of consumables for autonomous or human activities from raw materials found on the Moon or other planetary bodies. The use of ISRU on the Moon may provide a means of reducing the cost and risk of human exploration of the Moon and beyond, and an impetus for commercial contributions to lunar exploration. Potential products include O
Original languageEnglish
JournalPlanetary and Space Science
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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special issue ‘Scientific Preparations for Lunar Exploration’

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