Marcus Holzinger was interviewed by NBC News for a new piece on the growth of commercial and government missions to the Moon.
Holzinger, an associate professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, is an expert on space domain awareness and the co-author of a 2021 report titled A Primer on Cislunar Space.
He said a driver of the new push to the Moon is the discovery of water ice deposits on the lunar surface
“Once people started really thinking through that, they realized that that water-ice can provide substantial resources or enable the gathering or collection of resources elsewhere in the solar system,” Holzinger said.