With more and more talk about lunar mining being a real possibility in the near future, I am wondering how people feel about exactly what it entails.
From recent studies it appears the moon contains vast quantities of possible energy, one element called He3 (Helium-3) is considered to be a real possibility for future Fusion Reactors. Also the moon is said to have gas and oil reserves in abundance.
Now the real question is, is it right that we just allow countries such as America, China, Russia and India to just go there and do this lunar mining? How exactly do we decide who gets what land up there? What happens if say Russia lands their first and creates their base before anyone else.. Who's to say they won't claim it as their own?
There is no wildlife there obviously, but if lunar mining does go ahead, future generations could be looking up into the night sky at a Moon that appears totally different from the one we grew up with. I guess this doesn't matter in the search for more energy?
Obviously we are still a few years away, but I believe China said they will be sending out unmanned machines to the moon by 2012.