Gallery: The Moon Could Meet the World’s Energy Needs for the Next 10,0...

 

Mining the moon to meet our energy needs may sound like the plot from a sci-fi movie, but China is considering doing exactly that. Helium 3 is an extremely valuable isotope that could be used in clean fusion plants to generate energy – and it’s available in vast quantities on the moon. Some scientists say that the moon is so rich in Helium 3 that it could solve the world’s energy problems for at least 10,000 years.

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  1. sammael September 10, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Jacquie, people have been “buying” land on the moon, sure. What they were actually buying were cute little fake deeds that have no meaning.
    The person who claimed the moon land so they could sell it claimed it by an old USA law that any unclaimed land belonging to USA can be claimed.
    Two problems with that. There are limits on how much a single person or company can claim, and they are far below the size of the moon.
    And second, by the international agreements that USA signed Moon is an international property, not USA property.

  2. Jacquie Mathis August 14, 2014 at 3:35 am

    Well first no one country can own the moon,second people have been buy acreages of the moon for years they might not like having some company land there and start mining,and with everything else it would destroy the moon,Can\\\’t destroy this planet fast enough lets head on out to the moon and destroy it too.

  3. HaPPI August 7, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Importing massive amounts of energy into our biosphere is a bad idea whether it is from orbiting solar panels or moon resources. It will make it easy and cheap to waste energy. What impact will it have on the planet that supports us? We kind of need our home world.

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