I’m the “Man Who Wants to Mine the Moon”

I had a great interview with foxnews.com earlier this week. Here’s an excerpt and link to the full article.

Credit: Moon Express

From the Moon to Energy and Education?

Jain — a billionaire who made his fortunes first with Microsoft, then with dotcom-era yellow page site InfoSpace Inc. — believes in the power of creative thinking. In addition to MoonEx, he’s the CEO of information-services company Intelius and co-chair of education and global development at the X Prize Foundation.

 ”To have the biggest impact, you have to solve the problem as an entrepreneur,” Jain told FoxNews.com, summarizing a speech he gave Monday in New York at Pivotcon 2011, a conference on the rise of social media.

“We want to solve the problem of energy on Earth by using the moon as the eighth continent,” he told FoxNews.com.

And its not as hard as you might think. The highest expense lies in getting to the moon, he explained. Going from the surface of the moon into orbit is easy. And a solar sail can drive a capsule containing mined resources back  to earth orbit and down to the surface.

“It’s rocket science but it’s well understood rocket science,” he said.

Read the full article here.

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Scientists say the research is a major step forward for gene therapy, which has long promised to cure disease by editing genetic sequences. Read more here