While Obama is dimanteliing our space program, the Russians and the Chinese are gearing up theirs.
The Communists and Globalist are very aware of the significance that this would deliver to their countries.
They say that they are doing it for the world – mankind, yet both countries are steeped in Communism. They seek the resources for mankind, but their definition is first for their own nations.
Whoever establishes the science and technology will have the power to dictate. This is ultimately the goal of any good Communistic nation leader. He’s always a dictator.
NASA announces Moon ‘swimming’ with water – Moonbases next:
by Terrence Aym
Today they amended that number a bit. Reports are now circulating that the Moon has up to one billion gallons of water.
Although there’ll be no rush by pool manufacturers to fill the lunar void—the Moon is virtually airless, subjected to extreme temperatures, inundated by solar storms instead of thunderstorms, and its surface pressure is zero. The abundance of water paves the way for colonization.
Can we harness energy from outer space?
People have been searching for clean alternative energy sources for decades to no avail. As soon as one source seems to pass the test, someone uncovers its fatal flaw. Nuclear, wind, solar and hydropower have all been dragged through the mud to some degree. Traditional nuclear fission is too risky, winds aren’t consistent, thesun doesn’t always penetrate theclouds and hydropower dams disrupt natural environments.
It seems like any workable solution is light-years away — literally. Some researchers think the answer to our energy needs rests in the stars. From wind turbines onMars to helium-3 fusion, people are increasingly looking to extraterrestrial sources for theEarth’s energy needs.
One of the sources they’re looking at is helium-3 to use in nuclear fusion reactions. As opposed tonuclear fission, which splits anatom’s nucleus in half, nuclearfusion combines nuclei to produce energy. While nuclear fusion has already been tested with the hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium, those reactions give off the majority of their energy as radioactive neutrons, raising both safety and production concerns. Helium-3, on the other hand, is perfectly safe. It doesn’t give off any pollution or radioactive waste and poses no danger to surrounding areas.
The only problem is we don’t have 25 tons of helium-3 just lying around. But conveniently, the moon does. In fact, scientists estimate our lunar rock contains more than 1 million tons of the element. The energy stored in that much helium is 10 times the amount of energy you’d find in all the fossil fuels on Earth
. If you put a cash value on it, helium-3 would be worth $4 billion a ton in terms of its energy equivalent in oil
The only issues that remain are the practicalities of extracting the helium and fine-tuning the fusion process. Current fusion reactors have yet to achieve the sustained high temperatures needed to produce electricity, and helium-3 extracted from the lunar surface would require lots of refining since it exists in such low concentrations in the soil.
The most promising space-based fuel source seems to be one we already have here on Earth. Find out why even the Pentagon is looking beyond our own backyard for solar power on the next page.
The dream of space factories and mining operations has long been a goal of lunar enthusiasts. The belief the Moon lacks water has been a hurdle to their plans. Water will enable a colony to be established quicker and move towards the goal of supporting itself over the long run.
Back in 2009 NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) found water ice. After it crashed into the lunar surface at a predetermined spot, analysis of the probe’s plume estimated water content of about 200 pounds.
The October 22nd issue of “Science” has revised the amount recorded upwards. A scientific paper claims the actual amount of water vapor and ice lies somewhere between 320 to 367 pounds.
Scientists are elated. They estimate that as much as 5.6 of the lunar soil blown out from the impact of LCROSS is water ice. Previously speculation centered about a much lower figure. As little as 1 percent water was thought to be contained in lunar soil. That hypothesis was primarily based on the samples of moon soil returned for laboratory analysis by the Apollo astronauts.
Yet, even a lunar soil that contained as little as 1 percent water ice would be sufficient to support the plans to construct lunar bases.
During a press conference held on October 21st, NASA planetary scientist Anthony Colaprete stated, “The number of 1 percent was generally agreed to as what was needed to be a net profit, a net return on the effort to extract it out of the dark shadows.”
Yet the indications are that water may be much more abundant than thought-perhaps as much as 5 times more than the previous calculations. “We saw 5 percent, which means that indeed where we impacted would be a net benefit to somebody looking for that resource,” Colaprete explained.
The fact that water may be in such abundance on what was one thought to be an inhospitable, arid world, is good news for exploration, and miners.
Miners? Yes, miners.
Both Russia and China have plans on their drawing boards to extensively explore the Moon with ongoing manned missions and establish bases with the purpose of surveying the lunar surface for Helium-3.
Research has led many to believe that he Moon may be rich in the element. That element—not found naturally on Earth—is critical for the future of commercial fusion reactors seen to be in place before the end of the 21st Century
Water will play an important role in supporting such mining colonies.
The mining of Helium-3 could become a major space industry and possibly a major solution for civilization’s future energy needs.
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Wired – Science article: “The Moon Hides Ice Where the Sun Don’t Shine”