The Moon Can Solve Earth’s Energy Problem

While on Earth there are less than 100 kilograms of helium-3, on the Moon there is enough to power humanity. A silent war to obtain it is well underway.

Thirty, 20 or even 10 years ago, there was neither the political will, nor the technology, nor the money to extract space out resources, but things are changing, and they are changing quickly, warns a former CIA space analyst. Space solar power, the mining of billions of asteroids and the Moon’s helium-3 resources are up for grabs. As a result, the United States, China, Russia, Europe, the United Kingdom and other countries are participating in this silent war.

If today the world were to switch entirely to green energy – by getting rid of fossil fuels, power grids would collapse in a last ditch effort to meet demand. Helium-3 fusion has been touted as “Holy Grail“of energy. Helium-3 fusion is what powers our Sun and our stars. It produces no radioactive waste and only 25 tonnes could power an entire country for a year. The trap? There is than 100 kilos of helium-3 on our planet.

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As the Artemis Moon mission progressed, NASA and Intuitive Machines announced the landing location for Exercise Luna. Science says there are 1.1 million metric tons of helium-3 on the moon, enough to supply human energy needs for up to 10,000 years. But, former CIA officer, Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for the Future, Tim Chrisman, says politics in the United States is lagging behind and missing the big picture. At the same time, China is devoting all the necessary resources and funds to space mining.

The race is on whether the public knows it or not

Helium 3 fusion reactor

Photo via MIT.

Chrisman says that whether the public knows it or not, the race to extract helium-3 is well underway. Chrisman adds that whoever gets there first makes a huge difference, leveraging global politics and global economies. Those who oppose helium-3 mining argue that bringing tons of gear back to small spacecraft is too expensive, but spacecraft like Elon Musk’s spacecraft, with a weekly capacity of transport of 100 tons with the same vessel, have put this argument aside.

Chrisman calls on the American political apparatus to go beyond the established vision of space as “moderately usefulAnd understand its full potential. Decisions taken today will have historical consequences in the future. “The Moon will be the first place from which any resource will be extracted,“Says Chrisman.

Chrisman believes other misconceptions about space need to be addressed. “The space community talks about the exploration and development of space as if science fiction comes to life. We must stop pretending space out is difficult,“says Chrisman. His goal is to make a difference by harnessing human space habitat, generating jobs and energy projects in space.

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Source: The Jerusalem Post, Foundation for the Future

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