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Mining the Moon - Thoughts?

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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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.
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6y, 4m agoPosted 6 years, 4 months ago
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#1
Not much call for a takeaway up there.
#2
EVERYONE knows the moon is made of green cheese!
#3
first come first served.
in an ideal utopian world it'd be great if we could mine up there under one universal banner and it'd be a benefit to everyone but that's not going to happen until just after ww3 and any survivors are speaking chinese.
#4
ants97
in an ideal utopian world it'd be great if we could mine up there under one universal banner and it'd be a benefit to everyone but that's not going to happen until just after ww3 and any survivors are speaking chinese.


lol, I shouldn't laugh as there is always that possibility. Although I cannot understand why we all don't have a stake in what happens to the moon. I am all for mining, I just think things should be put in place before anything is done to make sure things like WW3 aren't triggered from what basically is just evolution. If we keep on extracting energy from the Earth, obviously the damage is not easily repaired, it makes sense to destroy other planets instead.
#5
Erm, didn't the Yanks go there in '69 and stick a Star Spangled Banner on it.
#6
Jumpingphil
Erm, didn't the Yanks go there in '69 and stick a Star Spangled Banner on it.
It was faked
#7
it was a hoax :{
Jumpingphil
Erm, didn't the Yanks go there in '69 and stick a Star Spangled Banner on it.
#8
I own an acre of the moon so I'm all for it, I even have a proper certificate and everything!!!!!!!!
#9
So they are going to expend energy getting to the moon in order to mine something from there to bring back to earth? Using more energy on the return journey.

It would have to be a blinkin important element to even consider such a thing. Think the idea is more sci fi than anything tangible
#10
dcx_badass
I don't think we should, could screw up the tides and everything.

Indeed, this is something that I had heard mentioned although I have no idea about the science behind it.

WoolyM
Think the idea is more sci fi than anything tangible

Yeah, it does sound a bit out-there although if this is what the big boy nations are saying they are looking into, they must feel they are not that far away technology wise.
#11
So we've wreaked our havoc on Earth, now lets start on the moon?
I don't agree with it :(
#12
lets concentrate on harnessing the suns potential rather than some sci fci pipe dream
#13
ants97
.in an ideal utopian world it'd be great if we could .........

This is statement has been used to block progress from abolishing slavery to stopping children going up chimneys.

It is not an "ideal utopian" world that we would need just one that is not insane and based on destroying anything and everything if it make someone a lot of money.
#14
There is a lot of the isotope Helium 3 trapped in the tungsten that lays just under the surface of the moon, being less reactive than Hydrogen it is invaluable if we are to ever develop a means of using nuclear fusion as a power source.
#15
pugw$sh
I own an acre of the moon so I'm all for it, I even have a proper certificate and everything!!!!!!!!


haha, I was just gonna mention this, you used to be able to buy an acre of moon in the gadget shop or one of these places, and it came with a cert.

I am sure if you produce this to the Americans they will acknowledge it and not step on your bit of land :D
#16
sparkyIreland
I am sure if you produce this to the Americans they will acknowledge it and not step on your bit of land :D


lol, only problem is they usually have clause in the contract about 'Mineral Rights' so as long as they only mine your land and don't build anything on the surface, there is nothing you can do X)
#17
surely gas/oil means there was once life on the moon no?
1 Like #18
Hmm I thought this was fiction from the mental film Moon (2009)
1 Like #19
interesting article here

looks like the private sector could be the first ones to try it
#20
WoolyM
So they are going to expend energy getting to the moon in order to mine something from there to bring back to earth? Using more energy on the return journey. It would have to be a blinkin important element to even consider such a thing. Think the idea is more sci fi than anything tangible
casparwhite
interesting article herelooks like the private sector could be the first ones to try it
I think they are over-thinking it in that article. Just work out the proper trajectory and fire it into space ( a la J L Pickard) on a parabola that would land the ice laden with hydrogen in the Atlantic for recovery. Bit of a tsunami but what the heck. I bet the yanks would go for it!
#21
http://craigblongblog.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/moonposterbig.jpg
#22
maddogb
surely gas/oil means there was once life on the moon no?


err no
[helper]#23
Build the fusion reactors on the moon and have a very long cable back to earth.............the other great advantage to this is we could have cable car trips to the moon. Send me £1 million by paypal gift to book your seat on the first moon cable car.....
#24
gari189
Build the fusion reactors on the moon and have a very long cable back to earth.............the other great advantage to this is we could have cable car trips to the moon. Send me £1 million by paypal gift to book your seat on the first moon cable car.....

From the sublime to the ridiculous.... But hey ho. Would be a bit interesting in a lightening storm. Could the bolt be transmiited along the cable? Lightening in space... beat the northern lights.
#25
Whoever gave you the info that the moon may have abundant Oil reserves is an idiot.
You need organic matter for that. Basic science. (before anyone argues, yes there are some VERY weak hypotheses in counter, the belief in which are held by very few people.)
#26
Why not just lassoo the moon and yank it down to the earth? just think of the savings in fuel cost, travelling time etc etc.
#27
linuxlinks
maddogb
surely gas/oil means there was once life on the moon no?


err no


How do you figure?
#28
bargain surfer
Why not just lassoo the moon and yank it down to the earth? just think of the savings in fuel cost, travelling time etc etc.

And... if it was closer it would be easier to adjust the tides/wave height regulator so you could possibly stop a lot of the flooding. Excellent idea!!!
#29
Mrs.Z
So we've wreaked our havoc on Earth, now lets start on the moon?I don't agree with it :(

That oughta stop them considering alternative sources of energy on a dead rocky body a million miles away in order to save the future of a thriving planet eh
#30
WoolyM
bargain surfer
Why not just lassoo the moon and yank it down to the earth? just think of the savings in fuel cost, travelling time etc etc.
And... if it was closer it would be easier to adjust the tides/wave height regulator so you could possibly stop a lot of the flooding. Excellent idea!!!
Or... use it as a weapon and wipeout entire countries/continents. aahhh the wonders of the human psyche.
banned#31
LOL at oil being on the moon

dream on!
#32
If anyone watched that series 'Solar System' on the BBC it had a bit about Saturns moon Titan having vast amounts of hydrocarbons there for the taking. I've also heard this place called Pandora has unobtainium but getting it would require a bit of giant Smurf killing.

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