Manufacturing and production site

Given the Moon's wide variations in physical and geological characteristics, the opportunity exists to refine in situ critical spacecraft structural materials, that is, aluminum, titanium and iron. With the gradual establishment of an infrastructure, Moon-based repair and maintenance facilities could be a part of the total system that enables the traffic and infrastructure envisioned in Chapters 2 and 5 to become reality. As the view of the Earth from the Moon shows, Figure 6.16 (see the color section), one should keep in mind that the Earth and the Moon are the closest natural Solar System objects locally available, and the infrastructure that permits the expansion of our exploration of the Solar System needs to be established and maintained using these two initial elements as foundation.

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