April 10, 2021

Lunar resources concentrate into a few (10s) of small areas (~km). Interference and disputes will arise as sciencific and commercial actors crowd the sites, e.g. south pole. Now is the time to develop rules, before vested interests gain a hold.

The large number of lunar missions planned for the next decade are likely to target a relatively limited number of small sites with concentrated resources on the Moon’s surface, creating risks of crowding and interference at these locations. Reserving the use of these concentrations of lunar resources for science is far from ensured and brings up a number of practical and near-term issues that fall into the territory of ELSI, i.e. problems of Ethics, Law and Societal Impact [1]. This paper generalizes our earlier work on the Peaks of Eternal Light [2] to other concentrated lunar resources, and is published elsewhere [3].

Publication: 52nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, held virtually, 15-19 March, 2021. LPI Contribution No. 2548, id.2462

Pub Date: March 2021

Bibcode: 2021LPI....52.2462E 


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Alanna Krolikowski is Prof, ast of History & Political Science. Department of History and Political Science and Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Missouri University of Science and Technology, 500 W 14th St., Rm 122, Rolla MO 65409,