In fairness, there’s not a lot the international community can do about this. The Moon, as we all know, is sovereign American territory, boldly claimed by the late Neal Armstrong, who planted the American flag in it.
It’s theirs, by right of conquest. And now, finally, an American President is going to make some money off it:
“The moon’s water ice and other natural resources can be mined and used by the United States, according to a new executive order signed by President Trump.
The president on Monday signed the executive order, which has been in the works for about a year, titled Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources. The directive stresses that the 1967 Outer Space Treaty allows for the use of space resources on the moon, Mars and elsewhere.
“Outer space is a legally and physically unique domain of human activity and the United States does not view space as a global commons,” the order states.”
When the present crisis is over, mining outer space might well be a good way to aid the economic recovery. Whatever about the moon, there’s an asteroid out there made of solid gold:
NASA is eyeing up a nearby asteroid that contains enough gold to make everyone on Earth a billionaire.
Psyche 16 is nestled between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and is made of solid metal.
As well as gold, the mysterious object is loaded with heaps of platinum, iron and nickel.
In total, it’s estimated that Psyche’s various metals are worth a gargantuan $10,000 quadrillion.
Whenever you people finally elect me as Taoiseach, it is my solemn promise that I will cut funding for the health service by half, and invest every penny available into an Irish space programme designed to plant the tricolour on this golden asteroid, and start mining it. We could do an awful lot with ten thousand quadrillion dollars, you know. Imagine the difference it would make to homelessness!
Anyway, the truth is we don’t know a lot about what’s on the moon, below the surface, apart from the fact that it’s not, sadly, made of cheese:
Like the Earth, the moon boasts a crust, mantle and core. Deep inside of its interior, the moon may have a solid iron core surrounded by a softer, somewhat molten liquid iron outer core. The outer core may extend as far out as 310 miles (500 km). But the small inner core only makes up about 20 percent of the moon, compared to the 50 percent core of other rocky bodies.
That seems like a lot of work and expense just to get some boring old Iron.
Leave the Americans for the Moon. We Irish should go after the golden Asteroid.