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According to documents obtained and posted by Motherboard, the Trump transition team seems to have asked NASA about mining on the moon. It follows earlier information about a few billionaire investors from Mountain View (California) released in March about the potential benefits of moon mining.
According to the documents, the questions from Trump's Agency Review Team (ART) largely focused on the interests of commercial space companies and NASA's potential help them turn profits.
The documents posted included a slideshow with details about the potential for mining operations on the moon. One of the challenges of lunar mining, NASA pointed out, is that it's difficult to locate deposits of useful minerals from space. A ground-based prospecting mission would likely be necessary.
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