Russia scopes out Moon-mining of rare earths

By IM Staff
Published: Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Scientists at Moscow State University have released a report suggesting it would technically be possible to pluck rare earths, lithium and gold from the surface of the lunar poles, however, the cost of developing the relevant technology coupled with low prices for the minerals and Russia’s economic problems could delay the project from being pursued.

By Vladislav Vorotnikov

Russia may include rare earths extraction as part of its lunar exploration programme to 2025, following the publication of a report on the practicality of such a project by scientists at Moscow State University (MSU).

"Recovery of Moon surface samples, which include rare earth minerals, may turn out...