Space Resources Program

The first program in the world focused on educating scientists, engineers, economists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers in the developing field of space resources.


Since the 1990s, Colorado School of Mines has been a leading institution for the study of space resources and in situ resource utilization (ISRU). It has also become a destination for space scientists and engineers, government agencies, aerospace companies, entrepreneurs, the mining and minerals industry, financial and legal experts, and policy makers to discuss all topics related to space resources.

In recent years, growing interest in ISRU by space agencies and the private sector has been driven by an awareness that further development of space travel will be enabled through extraction of materials and production of propellants in space for more affordable and flexible transportation, facilities construction, and life support. The broad topic of space resources brings together many fields in which Mines has a strong presence, including remote sensing, geomechanics, mining, materials/metallurgy, robotics/automation, advanced manufacturing, electrochemistry, solar and nuclear energy, and resource economics.

In this light, Mines has launched a first-of-its-kind multi-disciplinary graduate program in Space Resources to offer a Post-Baccalaureate certificate and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees for college graduates and professionals interested in this emerging arena. The program focuses on developing core knowledge and gaining design practices in systems for responsible exploration, extraction, and use of resources in the Solar System.

Why Choose Space Resources at Mines?

  • Join the first program in the world focused on educating scientists, engineers, economists, entrepreneurs, and policy makers in the developing field of space resources
  • Take advantage of Mines’ world-renowned expertise on terrestrial resources and energy systems and apply it beyond our planet
  • Become a part of Mines long history of involvement in space resources studies and gain access to its unique facilities
  • Learn the current scientific, technical, economic, policy, and legal aspects of this field from a multidisciplinary group of experts in academia, space agencies, and the private sector
  • Gain design practice in In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) systems for exploration, mining, extraction, processing, manufacturing, and stewardship of space and planetary resources
  • Earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, and Master of Science (non-thesis) or Ph.D. degrees (all available also fully online from anywhere in the world)


Mines to collaborate with Maxar on lunar mission

Profs. Chris Dreyer and Angel Abbud-Madrid are part of a project recently funded by NASA called SAMPLR (Sample Acquisition, Morphology Filtering, and Probing of Lunar Regolith) to develop lunar sample acquisition technology.  Using Maxar Technologies robotic arm...

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Space Resources program and research featured in Seeker

The Space Resources program, its faculty and students, and research being conducted at the Center for Space Resources were featured in two episodes of Seeker entitled, "The Next Space Frontier Starts With Mining the Moon" and "Inside the Lab That's Turning Moon Water...

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