THE ARTEMIS PROJECT
PRIVATE ENTERPRISE ON THE MOON
For billions of years, the sun has been spewing out gasses. Some of these
gas molecules hit the moon, and some of them stuck. "Volatiles" are
substances that evaporate easily; most of the things we know as gasses
in our daily lives on Earth fit this category. Volatile gasses are
scarce on the moon, but thanks to this bombardment from the sun, they
do exist. They will play a vital role in the economic future of the
In this section of the Artemis Data Book we catalog what we know
about these volatiles, assess their abundance and value to the lunar
economy, and identify processes for extracting, storing, and using them
on the moon.
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