Anorak

Anorak | The Race To Mine The Moon For Helium-3 Is On

The Race To Mine The Moon For Helium-3 Is On

by | 17th, December 2013

PA-18479041

LAST weekend, China landed a lunar probe  on the moon. It was the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades. Along with the USA and the old USSR, China is only one of three nations to have reached the moon.

The Chang’e-3 probe  features the  Yutu  rover, that will  explore   “geological structure and surface substances and looking for natural resources”. If it finds useful stuff, will China mine the moon? Will it own the moon?

The moon is a potential source of <a title=”https://twitter.com/HomerHickam/status/411893692618645504″ href=”https://twitter.com/HomerHickam/status/411893692618645504″>Helium-3, a futuristic <a title=”http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-05/former-apollo-astronaut-says-moon-mining-could-solve-global-energy-crisis” href=”http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-05/former-apollo-astronaut-says-moon-mining-could-solve-global-energy-crisis”>fusion energy fuel.

Will China dig for victory?

 

A girl tries out a mechanical arm that allows her to experience what low gravity on the moon will feel like, near a model depicting a Chinese space craft landing on the moon, at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. China's first moon rover touched the lunar surface and left deep traces on its loose soil, state media reported Sunday, several hours after the country successfully carried out the world's first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades.

 

According to the  1967 Outer Space Treaty , the “outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is

You have already read 1 premium article for free today
Access immediately the premium content with Multipass

Or come back tomorrow



Posted: 17th, December 2013 | In: News, Technology Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed: RSS 2.0 | TrackBack | Permalink