Donald Trump has given his permission for NASA to mine on the moon.
NASA believes the moon’s water, ice and other mineral resources can be mined and used by the U.S.
Last Monday, Trump signed the executive order called the Encouraging International Support for the Recovery and Use of Space Resources.
The order states that the 1967 Outer Space Treaty allows for the use of space resources on the moon, Mars and elsewhere.
The permission maybe used as early as 2024. This is when NASA’s Artemis program aims to land two astronauts on the moon. Their aim is to establish a sustainable human presence by 2028.
According to experts, mining the Moon will help humans travel further in space, to places like Mars.
The plan may be to use the Moon like a petrol station – because it has the resources needed for rocket fuel – like hydrogen and oxygen.
Having a petrol station in space means rockets can travel further into space before worrying about running out of fuel.