The moon contains a vast resource of titanium


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There’s gold in them hills! Actually, it’s titanium, and it’s on the Moon.

The highest titanium abundances on Earth are around 1 percent or less. The new map shows that in the [Moon’s] mare, titanium abundances range from about one percent to a little more than ten percent. In the highlands, everywhere TiO2 is less than one percent. The new titanium values match those measured in the ground samples to about one percent.

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4 comments

  • Joe2

    Yes and in the Lunar cold traps an abundance of water (Hydrogen/Oxygen), Carbon and Nitrogen. But there is no reason to go back to the Moon because “Buzz has already been there”.

  • Kelly Starks

    Titanium ore is common on Earth and cheap.

  • Joe2

    Depends on where the Titanium is to be used. If it is in cislunar space (to build, for example, applications satellites, tankage for fuel stowage, etc.) then only having to be brought up from the moons much shallower gravity well makes it a very valuable resource.

  • Kelly Starks

    >..only having to be brought up from the moons much shallower gravity well makes it a very valuable resource.

    A common myth. The economics don’t work out that way. Like with the old L-5 colony to build SSPS idea – when you worked out realistic numbers, shiping up from Earth was much cheaper.

    Folks forget energy, or even fuel/LOx cost, to orbit are a negligible fraction of launch costs – and have little impact on the rest of the costs.

    Historically lunar launches have always been much more expensive then from Earth, adn the logistics don’t show any way that could change. A point most space advocates studiously ignore.

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