Could the moon fuel Earth for 10,000 years? China says mining helium from our satellite may help solve the world’s energy crisis

The lunar dirt brought back by mankind’s first moonwalkers contained an abundance of titanium, platinum and other valuable minerals. But our satellite also contains a substance that could be of even greater use to civilisation – one that could revolutionise energy production. It’s called helium 3 and has been dumped on the moon in vast quantities by solar winds. Helium 3, scientists argue, could power clean fusion plants. Two fully-loaded Space Shuttle cargo bay’s worth – about 40 tonnes worth – could power the United States for a year at the current rate of energy consumption. Pictured are the stages in getting the material back to Earth Now China is looking to mine the moon for the rare helium isotope that some scientists claim could meet global energy demand far into the future, according to a report in The Times. Professor Ouyang Ziyuan, the chief scientist of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, recently said, the moon is ‘so rich’ in helium 3, that this could ‘solve humanity’s energy demand for around 10,000 years at least.’ RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ‘On a great threshold of space exploration’: Evidence of… Arctic lakes can store MORE greenhouse gases than they… Share this… Read full this story

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