Sunday, April 03, 2005
Interesting alternatives from conventional energy
Another factoid that is not nearly as cozy and comforting as the aforementioned, is the mining plans of helium-3 from the moon. Apollo astronauts discovered huge caches of helium-3 and with this element, nuclear fusion is possible. I'm thinking, for me, I'd like to see more IGCC research and keep the moon where it is. I have grown accustomed to it's presence up there.
Things are impossible until someone figures out how to do it.
As for mining the moon. My concern is, is helium-3 dangerous. If there was a problem with the shuttle returning to earth would this material raining down on our heads be dangerous? I have been very concerned about nasa sending radio active materials into space in the past.
If the challenger had not blown up NASA was going to send a payload of plutonium into space on the next shuttle. I have also heard that some satellites have been sent up with radioactive material. What happens when these things blow up and this stuff rains down on us?