Who Will Be The First To Extract Helium-3 In Considerable Amounts In Space?

Everyone knows about the armaments race and even the peace…

Everyone knows about the armaments race and even the peace race. One race that’s entirely off the public’s radar is who will be the first to harvest Helium-3 in space.

A former CIA space specialist claims that the universe’s resources are almost endless. Including everything from helium-3 fuel on the Moon for use in clean fusion reactors to heavy metals and volatile gases from asteroids, which may be gathered for use both on Earth and in space.

According to an interview with the Jerusalem Post, “China will almost probably utilize whatever resources it acquires to the harm of its opponents, competitors and bystanders alike,” Chrisman said.  “China is racing ahead of the United States in a number of possible revolutions in space exploration,” Chrisman said in an interview with Wired.  Since its military and economic components are almost interwoven, China enjoys an early edge.

To accomplish a single, complicated, long-term goal, America must marshal and unite all of the nation’s resources.  In the hunt for Helium-3, “getting there first may be more like launching the first satellite—like the Russia and US space competitions,” he added.

A vast political and diplomatic success if this were to happen. Much is dependent on the rear end’s ability to be exploited, whether it can be quickly utilized for power and energy or delivered down to Earth in large numbers consistently. Because of this, radical shifts are possible.” Suppose we kept using energy at our present rate. In that case, the United States could be powered for a whole year with only the Helium-3 in two filled cargo bays of the Space Shuttle – around 40 tonnes of the gas.

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The top scientist of China’s Lunar Exploration Program, Professor Ouyang Ziyuan, has said that the Moon is “so rich” in Helium-3 that it could “address humanity’s energy requirement for roughly 10,000 years at least.” 

Many prominent Chinese universities are examining lunar rocks retrieved from the Change 5 mission as a possible nuclear fusion power source.

Earth received 3.82 pounds (1.73 kilos) of lunar material from the mission in December. Some 31 samples totaling 17.4764 grams, comprising tiny grains and basalt shards were sent to 13 Chinese universities, according to a Space.com article.  In late August, Huang Zhixin, a researcher at the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology, told CCTV that the study’s primary goal is to determine how Helium-3 attaches to the lunar soil, as well as the Helium-3 extraction parameters, which indicate the temperature at which we can extract Helium-3.

Helium-3 extracted from the Moon is to be supplied to the US Nuclear Corp. by Solar System Resources between 2028 and 2032, according to the article.

Unlike Earth, solar winds have battered the Moon with massive amounts of Helium-3 shielded by its magnetic field. A hundred times more abundant than on Earth.

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