About: Moon Mining, how much is the moon worth, how will we mine its resources, Helium 3 & water.
Good presentation n the rebuttal from 1337yogi is an interesting counterpoint. But yogis fails to realize. Yes it would be a money pit with our current technology and it would be decades before we see any viable profit from the endeavor but if we as a species want to survive we must plan n begin this. Our resources are running low in this world n helium 3 is a good propulsion fuel to reach beyond the solar system from the moon. Great example is California in my US. 20 years ago the wanted to create water desalination plants along the coast to plan for the future agricultural needs. Tree huggers cried about ruining the view being destroyed to the cost which was high but now they are in a massive drought n the price of start of building them is not feasible anymore. Just the rare resources of gold and palladium will push technology into the next millennium even if no profit will be made for decades to come. Point of argument ppl need to quit placing money n power over the very existence and survival of the human race. Or we'll all be the way of the dodo bird.
If they start mining the moon, what's going to happen to it in say 50-100 yrs?
I've read somewhere that Earth's Moon is the one thing that stabilizes Earth's rotation, climate, season's, ocean tides, etc., and that little by little, by a fraction of an inch every year, the moon's rotation is getting farther and farther away from the Earth, and will eventually leave Earth's orbit. When that happens, the Earth will wobble on its axis and all the climate and weather patterns will be crazy and unpredictable, and we may even lose are magnetic field that protects us from radiation from the Sun. It could mean the end of life on Earth as we know it.
-So, my concern is that eventually, excessive mining of the Moon could alter its Revolution pattern around the Earth, and possibly speed up the moon's trend towards leaving the Earth's orbit. So the question that comes to my mind is, shouldn't we just be leaving the moon alone? I know, none of this will happen until millions of years from now, but still, shouldn't we just not be doing anything that would possibly speed up that process?
Wait, if the moon contain so many water. That's mean there are creatures in the moon ?
Who would think that our body needs so much H2O but if we separate the oxygen from the hydrogen, the hydrogen can be used for rocket fuel. Anyone capable of this procedure please contact me for I am in need of rocket fuel
How do we know whats on the moon if noone has ever been there? Do we have rock samples from unmanned missions or do we just know this stuff from spectrometry? If you research and know physics a little it becomes obvious we havent been there and it was just a PR-Stunt which worked extremely well. It enabled all this Space Shuttle stuff which is really nice. But the moonlanding didnt happen in my opinion. Id like to know what the moon is made of but you cant trust the rocks thes supposedly took home. And i get people get angry about it because its such a big event in american history but it didnt happen.
Bunch of dweebs in this section analyzing the situation
I think we should leave the moon alone,and not touch it.
Sure - land on it and look around...but start defacing it, and rape it of it's resources - HELL NO!
Hmm, did someone fail Econ? The value of water is to make the fuel to get water. That’s the equivalent of an economic perpetual motion machine. So water isn’t valuable but for the value of H3 Tritium. But at $43 Quad, why not just substitute to slightly less efficient Deuterium fusion reactors, or just continue manufacturing Tritium on Earth?
The environmental assessment on dropping tanks of pressurized Tritium down Earth’s gravity well isn’t going to be pretty either.
I think this value is many times bigger. Just think about BILLIONS of years asteroid-bombarding of the Lunar surface ! Plus billion tons of Helium-3 (cost $3bn/ton) deposited by the Solar Wind, PLUS the own deposits of the Moon itself. We have minerals for thousands of years ahead to explore, moreover, they are on the surface thus easy for cheap mining .
For me however the most valuable mineral on the Moon is the BASALT. Moon is 75% made of Basalt. It could be a perfect raw material for production of Basalt-Fiber Composites (BFC) - the best material for building giant Spaceships and Space/Planetary Constructions. https://basalt.alle.bg
We can't launch rockets, delivering large Steel or Concrete Modules up there into the Space. It could cost enormous funds. And both materials are not good for Space applications - they are not space-cold resistant.
BFC withstands the space cold and the strong Solar UV-radiation perfectly.
It is times stronger and lighter than the Steel. Also, it is stainless, fireproof, waterproof, abrasion-proof, chemically-resistant and a perfect thermal insulator.
And could be mined, processed and delivered by water-fueled Implosion Spaceships ( https://spaceship.alle.bg
) wherever is needed in all the Solar System and farther.
There are deep huge natural volcanic Caves and Tunnels on the Moon, just discovered by NASA, which could be hermetized, pumped with warm air, 24h-LED-lighted, and used for building high-class Residential / Tourist, Mining and Factory Facilities.
Lunar Tourism will be a multi-trillion business too, alongside with the Mining one.
All the power, heat, oxygen and fuel needs of such a Colony will be supplied by SOH Gas Power Plants, working on 100%-reusable water.
BFC and else end products and materials will be loaded on large Implosion Spaceships, which will be launched with 2.4 km/sec escape velocity from deep Silos, equipped with Electromagnet Cannons.
BFC could be also delivered as various assembly-modules and panels to the Earth as well, to Stratospheric Airship Platforms, hovering 50km high, where will be then shipped down to the Earth's ground through a times cheaper way - by Airships or by a Strato-Elevator.
We'll need enormous quantities of this BFC material, pretty soon.
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But who is the owner of all these resources?
Private companies equals profits motive no matter what the cost to the environment. We have seen it on the earth, the only planet we know that sustains our life. So what can we say about the moon exploration?
The economy will always need more resources if we want to grow forever
There may be 1.5 million tons of helium-3 in lunar soil in the 3 m shallowest of the lunar regolith deposited for billions of years slowly by helium-3 that escapes the sun.
Knowing that each ton of helium-3 is worth $ 2 billion, then only the helium-3 of the moon in a NUCLEAR FUSION ERA can be worth $ 3 quadrillion. 220 tons of helium-3 would have to be mined annually from lunar soil combined with another 220 tons of deuterium that could be extracted from the ocean's water to replace all current energy demand from oil, coal and natural gas.
Thus, the potential reserve of 1.5 million tons of moon-helium-3 in the NUCLEAR FUSION ERA could yield 6818 years in the extraction rate of 220 tons per year with a market value of $ 440 billion.
On the Moon there is also a lot of thorium deposited in the Lunar Kreep which can be worth more than 50 million tons of thorium if each ton of thorium is worth $ 300 million in generated energy, so we are also talking about another $ 15 quadrillion in thorium.
We may in the future have VASMIR engines operating in space such engines can conservatively accelerate up to 100 KM / s by increasing propellant efficiency dramatically, the energy used to keep the VASMIR engine operational may be a small nuclear reactor and if we have a vast stock of thorium on the moon would be well ideally to fertilize this thorium for U-233 which would then serve as nuclear fuel for these VASMIR engines, with that kind of asteroid mining engine can be easily viable and going to Mars can be many times faster than what we have today.
An estimated 600 million tonnes of water ice in moon craters are permanently shaded and there may well be perhaps a few tens of billions of tons of water ice in the lunar subsoil. I believe that most of this Moon water reservoir would be used for local use, while the import of water would be made heavily from volatile asteroids in the asteroid belt because a typical median asteroid there may have several billion tonnes of water .
Perhaps the total resources of the Moon in the case only in the most superficial layer of it can be evaluated in reality in more than $ 100 quadrillion.
There is also aluminum, iron and titanium on the moon in abundance that could be used for local construction and for spacecraft with moon-based construction and no longer on Earth.
The video is from 1 year ago and it is not talking about helium-3 elsewhere, but the places containing more helium-3 in the solar system are the gas planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune and if planet 9 in fact exists and if it is another ice gas giant similar to Uranus or Neptune then it would be a fifth reserve of helium-3 plus to think of scales of planetary resources. On the Moon also uranium obviously has an average abundance of 2 ppm in the richest areas that stretch by hundreds of thousands of KM². it is worth remembering that there are water deposits in the Martian subsoil. And the Moon may also exist inherited from asteroids that collided with the Moon in ancient times, perhaps knowing about 20 billion tons of water ice or 20 KM³ of water In the lunar subsoil.
Thank you for the great video!
Hell yeah it's going to be
buy an acre on the moon at Lunar Embassy. Google who owns the moon - Dennis Hope, founder Lunar Embassy 1980
NUKE HUMANS AND EARTH.
_A FRUSTRATED LUNAR BEING
I like you video thanks
China probe to the far side of the moon is to mine Helium-3 for nuclear fusion.