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Mining Helium 3 on the Moon

Lunar mining

Moon mining for helium 3

Moon dirt contains an abundance of titanium, platinum and other valuable minerals such as
helium 3.
Helium 3 and has been dumped on the moon in vast quantities by solar winds and it can revolutionize energy production.

China is planning on mining the moon for this rare helium isotope that some scientists claim could meet global energy demand far into our future.

Professor Ouyang Ziyuan, the chief scientist of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Program, recently said, “the moon is so rich in helium 3, that it could solve humanity’s energy demand for around 10,000 years at least.”

Ziyuan said that two fully-loaded Space Shuttle cargo bay’s worth, about 40 tonnes worth, could power the United States for a year at the current rate of energy consumption.

To obtain this amount an areas the size of Washington, D.C. would need to be mined.

The reason Helium 3 is so rare on the Earth is because our atmosphere and magnetic field prevent any from reaching the surface.

The moon has nothing to prevent helium 3 from being absorbed into the lunar soil.

Fabrizio Bozzato at the University of Tamkan in Taiwan, wrote in World Security Network that helium 3 could be extracted by heating the lunar dust to around 600°C.

The gas, he estimates, has a potential economic value of $3 billion a ton, making it economically viable.

While China is very interested in mining the Helium 3, it has yet to make a concrete plan as to how it can be done.

This raises the question as to who owns the moon?

The United Nations Outer Space Treaty suggests that lunar resources are for all mankind.


Helium 3 (He-3) is a light, non-radioactive isotope of helium with two protons and one neutron.

Its presence is very rare on Earth, but it is sought after for use in nuclear fusion research. It is also used in MRI scanners and in sensors to detect smuggled plutonium.

Helium 3 is abundant in the moon’s soil by at least 13 parts per billion (ppb) by weight.



Mining Helium 3 on the Moon

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