Russia Plans Moon Mine

January 26th, 2006 | researchmaterial

Russia is planning to mine a rare fuel on the moon by 2020 with a permanent base and a heavy-cargo transport link, a Russian space official said Wednesday.

“We are planning to build a permanent base on the moon by 2015 and by 2020 we can begin the industrial-scale delivery… of the rare isotope Helium-3,” Nikolai Sevastyanov, head of the Energia space corporation, was quoted by ITAR-TASS news agency as saying at an academic conference.

The International Space Station (ISS) would play a key role in the project and a regular transport relay to the moon would be established with the help of the planned Clipper spaceship and the Parom, a space capsule intended to tug heavy cargo containers around space, Sevastyanov said.

Helium-3 is a non-radioactive isotope of helium that can be used in nuclear fusion. Rare on earth but plentiful on the moon, it is seen by some experts as an ideal fuel because it is powerful, non-polluting and generates almost no radioactive by-product.


6 Responses to “Russia Plans Moon Mine”

  1. Sounds like a good plan. But what will the American government think about it? They might think they own it… and I bet they’ll put up a fight.

  2. Next step: traffic jams and abusive bills.

  3. After that… an Extraordinary Rendition.

  4. The Moon, the 51st state.

  5. I’m surprised GWB hasn’t launched a full scale attack on the moon yet… lingering there, every night over the White House, watching, waiting for the right time. The moon… it waits.

  6. AND JUST WERE IS RUSSIA GETTIN THE MONEY FROM???? MAYBE CHINA??. WHO KNOWS BUT I THINK IF RUSSIA ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THIS THEN IT WILL ONLY MAKE THE AMERICANS MOVE QUICKER AND FASTER THAN THE RUSSIANS TO GET THERE FIRST SOMEHOW I CANT SEE THE MOST POWERFUL NATION ALLOWING RUSSIA OWN THE MOON?? I CERTAINLY HOPE NOT