Helium-3: Energy Godsend?

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in China, Energy, Russia, Science, Space, Technology, The Politics Of Film, The World, United States

I’ve been genuinely intrigued at how much fiction and reality have been intersecting recently.

See, there’s this film called MOON and it follows the story of a guy working on the far side of the moon who figures out that there’s a lot more to his mission than collecting the natural resource Helium-3. It’s a fantastic piece of science fiction cinema and if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and catch it while it’s still in theatres.

But after seeing it I discovered that not only is the energy source they talked about in the movie real, but it’s clean, supposedly economically viable and extremely plentiful on the moon’s surface.

More at True/Slant.

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4 Responses to “Helium-3: Energy Godsend?”

  1. Paul Says:

    So what should we do about it ??

  2. Mike A. Says:

    At this point in our technological history, it’s like saying “there’s a lot of solar energy on the sun”. The logistics to reach the source and deliver it in a safe, cost effective manner are beyond our current capabilities. Maybe with a 10 to 15 years of dedicated investment into the r&d we can ….. oh wait, we’re not at war with the moon.

  3. Jimmy the Dhimmi Says:

    1.Will nations begin competing for rights to the moon’s natural resources if Helium-3 delivers?

    No. It would require so many resources and industrial output for such a long period of time in order to develop the technology and manufacure the lunar mining platforms, that the carbon emissions to achieve it would potentially cause too much global warming.

    The solution to global warming is for nations across the globe to cut back on their industrial output; cut back on their carbon emissions, and not to run countless fuel consuming machines 24/7 to do the research and manufacturing into huge lunar mining platforms and cargo vessels that have to be launched into space.

    The amount of CO2 produced from the space-shuttles that have to constantly be launched into orbit just to deliver food and water to the thousands of astronaut-miners is reason enough alone to scuttle this project.

  4. L.B. Says:

    In regards to Jimmy’s response, whilst you are technically correct for the moment.
    I don’t think this is going to be terribly sucessful as governments would become deeply unpopular and there all too greedy anyway to change there ways and whilst at the moment I agree that it’s beyond our ability we will eventually have to take the leap off world for minerals, resources etc and not doing so is burying our heads in the sand to future problems.
    However the dedicated R&D the 1st poster mentioned is probably about the only way this will ever happen within in medium term time span.
    The next 30 to 40 years could become interesting in the world of energy though forcing us to change our ways one way or another.

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