Category Archives: Helium-3

Mining The Moon

If you were transported to the Moon this very instant, you would surely and rapidly die. That’s because there’s no atmosphere, the surface temperature varies from a roasting 130 degrees Celsius (266 F) to a bone-chilling minus 170 C (minus … Continue reading

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Mining The Moon Ready To Lift Off By 2025

In this concept image, a resource prospector carrying a payload roves on the lunar surface. (Image courtesy of NASA.) European scientists have announced plans to start mining the moon as early as 2025, though what they’ll be extracting is neither … Continue reading

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Quantum Computing Is Facing A Component Shortage… Without A Nuclear Arms Race

If you thought the great GPU shortage of 2017/18 was bad, try being a quantum researcher. Shortages of specialised quantum hardware and ex-military nuclear material could stifle further development in the field. With growing applications for qubit’s entangled state, exotic … Continue reading

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A Pinch Of Moondust In The ITER Plasma

One day in the distant future, fusion plants might be fuelled by helium 3—an isotope that is extremely scarce on Earth but reputed to be abundant on the Moon. But long before the advent of helium 3 fusion¹ (if ever … Continue reading

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ESA Planning To Mine The Moon

Last week, the European Space Agency (ESA) has announced the signing of a one-year contract with ArianeGroup, a European aerospace consortium. The intention is part of a bid to look at the feasibility of mining on the surface in the … Continue reading

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