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Expandnig Earth's Economic Sphere to the Moon & Beyond

Between 1969 and 1972, twelve humans walked on another world. After the most awesome technological and psychological achievement of the human species, they left, never to return. Why? Was it a useless waste of human ingenuity on an Olympian folly? What caused humanity to abandon it’s first toehold on another world? More importantly, what is the basis to go back? What new forces and motivators are at play today that make the story a different one than the Apollo dead end?

Today there is a rebirth of interest in going back to the Moon among many nations. However while nations plan and strategize how to navigate the political minefields and conflicting national priorities that justify the value of the Moon to the everyday tax payer, there are some new kids on the block not so constrained. They are the privateers; visionaries too, however their driving metric for going to the Moon is sustainable business and commerce. The announcement of the $30M Google Lunar X PRIZE on September 13th, 2007 has energized their imaginations and catalyzed "Moon 2.0" - a New Race to the Moon.

Bob is Co-Founder and CEO of Moon Express, Inc. (MoonEx), a privately funded lunar resources company competing in the Google Lunar X PRIZE competition and awarded a lunar services contact by NASA worth up to $10M, Bob has seen both sides of the private-public space question, being front and centre on a number of NewSpace initiatives and having played a key role in the NASA Mars Phoenix Lander mission. 

In this talk Bob Richards outlines how a carefully planned private Moon mission could set in motion the technological, political, legal and regulatory precedents that will allow humanity to rationally and peacefully embrace and develop the Moon as the world’s eighth continent.