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Bert ( A W RvB ) (08.05.2007, 01:56)
Telegraph, Uk: Russia sees moon plot in Nasa plans: Russia openly says
the main purpose of the USA lunar programme is the industrial extraction
of helium-3.


Russia sees moon plot in Nasa plans

By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
Last Updated: 1:53am BST 02/05/2007

Mankind's second race for the moon took on a distinctly Cold War feel
yesterday when the Russian space agency accused its old rival Nasa of
rejecting a proposal for joint lunar exploration.

The claim comes amid suspicion in Moscow that the United States is
seeking to deny Russia access to an isotope in abundance under the
moon's surface that many believe could replace fossil fuels and even end
the threat of global warming.

Astronaut James Irwin, Russia sees moon plot in Nasa plans
The moon could supply our future energy needs

A new era of international co-operation in space supposedly dawned after
the United States, Russia and other powers declared their intention to
send humans to the moon for the first time since 1972.

But while Nasa has lobbied for support from Britain and the European
Space Agency, Russia claims its offers have been rebuffed.

Yesterday Anatoly Perminov, the head of Russia's Federal Space Agency
Roscosmos, said: "We are ready to co-operate but for some reason the
United States has announced that it will carry out the programme itself.
Strange as it is, the United States is short of experts to implement the

Nasa announced in December that it was planning to build an
international base camp on one of the Moon's poles, permanently staffing
it by 2024. Russia's space rocket manufacturer Energia revealed an even
more ambitious programme last August, saying it would build a permanent
Moon base by 2015.

While the Americans have either been coy or dismissive on the subject,
Russia openly says the main purpose of its lunar programme is the
industrial extraction of helium-3.

Dismissed by critics as a 21st-century equivalent of the medieval
alchemist's fruitless quest to turn lead into gold, some scientists say
helium-3 could be the answer to the world's energy woes.

A non-radioactive isotope of helium, helium-3 is a proven and potent
fuel for nuclear fusion - so potent that just six metric tons would
supply Britain with enough energy for a year.

As helium-3 is non-polluting and is so effective in such tiny
quantities, many countries are taking it very seriously. Germany, India
and China, which will launch a lunar probe to research extraction
techniques in September, are all studying ways to mine the isotope.

"Whoever conquers the moon first will be the first to benefit," said
Ouyang Ziyuan, the chief scientist of China's lunar programme.

Energia says it will start "industrial scale delivery" of helium-3,
transported by cargo space ships via the International Space Station, no
later than 2020. Gazprom, the state-owned energy giant directly
controlled by the Kremlin, is said to be strongly supportive of the project.

The United States has appeared much more cautious, not least because
scientists are yet to discover the secrets of large scale nuclear
fusion. Commercial fusion reactors look unlikely to come on line before
the second half of this century.

But many officials in Moscow's space programme believe Washington's
lunar agenda is driven by a desire to monopolise helium-3 mining. They
allege that President Bush has moved helium-3 experts into key positions
on Nasa's advisory council.

The plot, says Erik Galimov, an academic with the Russian Academy of
Sciences, would "enable the US to establish its control of the energy
market 20 years from now and put the rest of the world on its knees as
hydrocarbons run out."

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zzbunker (08.05.2007, 10:24)
On May 7, 7:56 pm, "Bert ( A W RvB )" <awr> wrote:
> Telegraph, Uk: Russia sees moon plot in Nasa plans: Russia openly says
> the main purpose of the USA lunar programme is the industrial extraction
> of helium-3.

But we expected both Russia and NASA to a instigate a plot for
energy though. When all the moon has left to give is
a small dose of reflected solar energy.
Since they are both E-morons, with a capitol Einstein E.
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