China sets to harvest Helium-3 on the surface of the Moon

January 14, 2015 2:04 PM

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It is no longer news that China successfully launched a lunar orbiter that is currently orbiting the Moon some days ago; but it is news, even to the United States, that the communist nation is preparing to harvest Helium-3 from the Moon as a source of energy to power industrial activities on Earth. With the lunar mission, the upcoming Chang’e 5 spacecraft will land softly on the Moon and then collect four pounds of soil and rock samples for subsequent analysis on Earth after its return.

The plan of China is to construct a mine where it would harvest Helium-3, a rare helium isotope, that might be used for future energy needs. Ouyang Ziyuan, chief scientist of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program states that the Moon is rich with Helium 3, and harvesting it would provide the world w...

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