ArianeGroup had a desire to send a scientific mission to the moon until 2025. Almost 50 years have passed since Neil Armstrong set foot on Earth's satellite. And on January 21, the Paris company announced that it had signed a one-year contract with the European Space Agency. The goal is to explore the possibility of preparing a mission for regolith mining.
Representatives of the company say that water and oxygen can be obtained from the regolith. This means that the concept of an independent human existence on the Moon should be considered, where it will be possible to independently produce fuel for more distant research missions.
The ArianeGroup also reports that the mission will not include sending people to Earth’s satellite. Details of the project have not been disclosed.