China’s energy solution: mining Helium-3 on the moon

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  • Mon, Feb 14, 2011 - 11:29pm

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    irongamer

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    Re: China’s energy solution: mining Helium-3 on the moon

Along with China’s announcment of their Thorium MSR project and the subject of the moon, there is Thorium on the moon as well.

http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov/results/gamres.htm

 

  • Sat, Feb 26, 2011 - 11:27pm

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    Giel

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    Space-mining

Hello

(I’m new to the forum, this is my first post.  English is not my native language, but I try to do my best.)

Until now we need fossil fuels to go into space. When fossil fuels are used up, we are stucked to this planet, until there are other ways to gain the needed propulsion to break away from gravity.

 

 

  • Sat, Feb 26, 2011 - 11:56pm

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[quote=Giel]

Hello

(I’m new to the forum, this is my first post.  English is not my native language, but I try to do my best.)

Until now we need fossil fuels to go into space. When fossil fuels are used up, we are stucked to this planet, until there are other ways to gain the needed propulsion to break away from gravity.

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Giel,

Welcome to the site.  I think you may be confusing combustible fuels with fossil fuels.  We do presently need combustible fuels to get into space but not necessarily fossil fuels.

  • Sun, Feb 27, 2011 - 01:54am

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    Giel,There are other

Giel,

There are other propellants used that do not require fossil fuels.  For example hydrogen (from what I remember) is usually created from fossil fuels but it doesn’t have to be, it’s just done that way because it’s the most cost-effective method at this time.

However, I think the decline of fossil fuels may have an indirect effect on space travel that could be just as limiting.  Like almost everything else a lot of the support infrastructure is supported by fossil fuels, and space programs (commercial and government) will face stiff competition for those resources.  In a future of less energy it is likely space programs will be given low priority, which breaks my heart because that was the whole reason I went into engineering.  I truly wish we’d established a largely self-sustaining space infrastructure before Peak Oil… it has the potential for resource extraction and manufacturing without environmental impacts on Earth.  Creating such an infrastructure will be so much harder to do in the coming decades; I only hope I get to live long enough to see it.

– Nickbert

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