Thursday, June 28, 2018

Too Cheap To Meter Redux

The Indian space agency ISRO has set for itself an ambitious target to reach the south side of the moon in search of nuclear energy. The ISRO's chief told the news agency Bloomberg that it will launch a rover in October this year to explore virgin territory on the lunar surface and analyze crust samples for signs of water and helium-3. The moon mission will be called Chandrayaan II, next in the series of Chandrayaan I, which was a success. 

The helium isotope, if explored in abundance on the south side of the moon, could then theoretically meet global energy demands for 250 years if harnessed, the Bloomberg report reads.

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This is putting the cart before the proverbial horse. NO ONE has yet achieved sustained fusion with a positive energy output. Until that occurs, the moon's helium-3 will be worth next to nothing.

And that doesn't even consider the fact that no one has the ability to mine this helium-3 and return it to earth.

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