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Mining the Moon for the future of fusion power

At the 21st century's start, few would have predicted that by 2007, a second race for the moon would be under way. Yet the signs are that this is now the case. Furthermore, in today's moon race, unlike the one that took place between the United States and the U.S.S.R. in the 1960s, a full roster of 21st-century global powers, including China and India, are competing.

Even more surprising is that one reason for much of the interest appears to be plans to mine helium-3--purportedly an ideal fuel for fusion reactors but almost unavailable on Earth--from the moon's surface. NASA's Vision for Space Exploration has U.S. astronauts scheduled to be back on the moon in 2020 and permanently staffing a base there by 2024. While the U.S. space agency has neither announced nor denied any desire to mine helium-3, it has nevertheless placed advocates of mining He3 in influential positions. For its p

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Added: Oct-7-2007 
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  • not the first man on the moon. but first here!!!

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  • U.S. astronauts scheduled to be back on the moon in 2020,,,lol thats so funny...

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  • The biggest mistake in history would be to frakk with the moon its already on an outward course.. from the earth. I would be more worried about the moon than global warming on earth

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  • Duckman142: "
    Dat1111: "The biggest mistake in history would be to frakk with the moon its already on an outward course.. from the earth. I would be more worried about the moon than global warming on earth"
    genius more concerned over a lifeless ball of rock then the entire earth thats filled with life. try getting a shag or some dope on the moon."
    eren't the tides defined by the moon? and the climate defined by such things as the tides and currents, like the atlantic convayo More..

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  • Hope the Japanese realize the idea of building a hotel on the moon.
    Would be awesome to have a clear view of earth and space from there.

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  • I OWN THE MOON, I BOUGHT THE DEED FOR IT ON EBAY.

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  • no arabs you cant have any

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  • backpeg: "
    Duckman142: "
    Dat1111: "The biggest mistake in history would be to frakk with the moon its already on an outward course.. from the earth. I would be more worried about the moon than global warming on earth"
    genius more concerned over a lifeless ball of rock then the entire earth thats filled with life. try getting a shag or some dope on the moon."
    eren't the tides defined by the moon? and the climate defined by such things as the tides and currents, like the atlantic convayor? don't all theses things have a pretty large effect on life on earth as we know it? More..
    if we just counterweight the moon with as much material as we remove it should be ok. But that will not happen...

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  • Helium-3 is extremely potent, nonpolluting, with virtually no radioactive by-product. Scientists estimate there are about 1 million tons of helium-3 on the moon, enough to power the world for thousands of years. Today helium-3 would have a cash value of $4.3 billion a ton in terms of its energy equivalent in oil. When the solar wind (the rapid stream of charged particles emitted by the sun) strikes the moon, helium-3 is deposited throughout the top few meters of the lunar surface. Over billions More..

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