Once again, it appears that for certain elements, Earth actually has a relative paucity, at least when compared to other bodies in the solar system. Sooner or later, humans are going to need to access those minerals, meaning that colonization of other planetary bodies will likely be driven by resource needs, especially those rarer elements used for high tech manufacturing.
A new map of the moon has uncovered a trove of areas rich in precious titanium ore, with some lunar rocks harboring 10 times as much of the stuff as rocks here on Earth do.
The map, which combined observations in visible and ultraviolet wavelengths, revealed the valuable titanium deposits. These findings could shed light on some of the mysteries of the lunar interior, and could also lay the groundwork for future mining on the moon, researchers said.