India plans to mine the moon for nuclear fuel

India plans to mine the moon for nuclear fuel

If this pans out, the isotope could provide safer nuclear energy over the coming centuries.

Helium-3 can be found on Earth but is rare and expensive to mine. The moon has a lot more of it. Now India is following suit. ISRO is all set to launch an unmanned lunar mission in the latter half of this year. Those reports were initially scotched due to a supposed misquotation of Pillai, but the space agency is now clearly pursuing that goal. Now, India's space agency wants to send a rover on the Moon to detect the Helium-3 and to mine for it. The isotope, abundant on the moon, could theoretically meet global energy demands for three to five centuries. "We don't want to be just a part of them, we want to lead them", Isro chairman K.Sivan told foreign media in the course of meetings in Vienna. The lander will receive images from the rover, and then transmit them to the ISRO for the scientists to analyze.

This plan of Helium-3 search was already revealed by a professor in ISRO unofficially and now it has been confirmed.

Gerald Kulcinki, director of the Fusion Technology Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that the estimated 1 million metric tonnes of helium embedded in the moon is 3, although about a quarter of reality can be brought to Earth. According to the Bloomberg Pe Index, the upcoming mission will be worth $ 125 million - or less than one-fourth of Snap Inc., less than compensation for Ivan Spiegel's compensation, the highest for the publicly traded company executive. There are many obstacles to overcome before the material can be used - including the logistics of collection and delivery back to earth and build fusion power plants to convert the material into energy. Those costs would be stratospheric.

"If that can be cracked, India should be a part of that effort", said Lydia Powell, who runs the Centre for Resources Management at the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation think tank.

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Plus, it won't be easy to mine the moon. Only the United States and Luxembourg have passed legislation that allows the commercial bodies to hold onto whatever they mine from space.

"In the long run, it will resemble angling in the ocean in worldwide waters", Todd said.

This handout picture provided by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) shows the surface of the moon taken by Moon Impact Probe (MIP), after separating from India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, November 14, 2008. While a nation-state can not keep worldwide water, the fish once becomes the property of fishermen.

Rakesh Sharma, who spent right around eight days on board a Russian rocket in 1984, said countries and private ventures rather should cooperate to create human settlements somewhere else as Earth comes up short on assets and faces potential calamities, for example, space rock strikes.

"You can't go to the moon and draw boundaries".

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