The heads of space agencies of Russia, the U.S., Japan and Canada discussed plans to explore the Moon in online mode. NASA representatives, in particular, spoke about their Artemis program and the principles on the basis of which they intend to develop the resources of the Earth’s satellite. Throwing aside the political correctness, the United States made it clear that while it is ready to cooperate in space, it is not going to consider space a public domain.
This became clear back in April, when Donald Trump signed a decree regulating the extraction of raw materials on the Moon. The document, without any hint of delicacy, reserves the right to exploit its subsoil to the Americans. And in fact, it creates prerequisites for their future privatization of any celestial object if it turns out to be commercially attractive.
A number of experts have already managed to compare Artemis with the notorious “Star Wars”, which became one of the reasons for the collapse of the Soviet Union. The leadership of the Soviet Union in the 1980s had to spend huge amounts of money to keep up with the U.S. in the orbital arms race. However, as it turned out later, our country was chasing a ghost: in the 1990s, almost all the technologies created in the West under this program were found to be unprofitable or ineffective.
Probably, this is also going to happen to the new US mega-project. Especially since, in the opinion of many analysts, deep-sea production is much more promising rather than space production,. Today it is absolutely known that in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, at a depth of up to 5 thousand meters, there are huge reserves of copper, nickel, iron, cobalt and many other metals. They lie there directly on the seabed in the form of ferromanganese nodules, cobalt-manganese crusts and deep-sea polymetallic sulphides.