Scientist Says Vast Deposits of Helium-3 Could Re-ignite Race to Mine the Moon

Eco-Friendly, Clean and Plentiful, Helium-3 Could Shift Global Economies from Fossil Fuels to Cold Fusion Energy...Only Problem...It's On The Moon!
ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Dec. 24, 2013 - PRLog -- Asheville NC~ Dec. 24 2013 ~The race to commercialize space took another step forward on December 2, 2013 when the Chinese Space Agency launched Chang’e-3 from a Long March 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan province hoping to soft land a lunar rover near the Sinus Iridum crater in the region known as Mare Imbrium.  After a successful launch and flight of over 1.7 million miles the Jade Rabbit, or “Yutu” touched down on the lunar surface on Saturday, December 16, 2013.  Upon landing the Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and National Defense announced that the “Yutu” had landed successfully on the lunar surface and had been deployed.  In the U.S., NASA scientists were concerned that Yutu’s landing and other activities could interfere with ongoing studies of the moon’s dust environment.  NASA was concerned that the landing would create a massive dust plume and disturb areas being examined by NASA.  Lunar dust studies are being conducted by NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) with oversight of Jeff Plescia, Chair of NASA’s Lunar Exploration Analysis Group.

During an interview NASA Scholar, Scientist/Consultant, Dr. Joseph A. Resnick said, "With so much interest in the composition of the Moon’s surface many people wonder why both the Chinese and the Americans are so interested in the moon dust and why NASA has a special group just to study lunar dust.  One possible answer is the existence of a substance found on the moon called helium-3 or H3.  H3 was confirmed to be plentiful in lunar dust in 1972 by NASA astronaut Dr. Harrison Schmitt during Apollo 11’s trip to the Moon.  The Russians, too, have talked about mining helium-3 from the moon but have never put forth any real efforts to do so".

Helium-3 is an isotope of helium that is rare on earth but relatively plentiful in various regions on both cislunar and translunar hemispheres.  In some circles helium-3 is thought of as a ‘future fuel’.  Scientists believe H-3 can be used as a fuel that can sustain cold nuclear fusion reactors when these are eventually perfected.  H-3 is abundant on the moon and when used as a fuel for nuclear reactors produces little or no radioactive waste that has to be cleaned and stored.  The reaction with H-3 results in production of much hotter temperatures than other fusion reactions and the chance of environmental disaster because of a radioactive spill is virtually eliminated.

In a recent interview given by US Astronaut, Harrison Schmitt, a member of the crew of Apollo 11, Schmitt stated, “A two-square-kilometer swath of the lunar surface mined to a depth of roughly 10 feet would yield about 220 pounds of helium-3.  That’s enough to run a 1000-megawatt reactor for a year, or $140 million in energy based on today’s coal prices.  Scale that up to several reactors, and you’ve got a moneymaking operation”.

According to former NASA Scholar, Scientist, Dr. Joseph A. Resnick, Founder of The Universal Mineral Leases Registry (, “The time for nations to ‘get serious’ about mining the moon’s resources and using them to help shift Man from the present burdensome and expensive fossil-fuel economy to one of ‘clean, cold-fusion energy’, is now.”  Dr. Resnick gave a presentation on this subject at the International Space Development Conference held in May, 2007 in Washington, D.C., during which he presented detailed maps, recommendations and other data relevant to moon mining with consideration to exoplanetary and geopolitical implications.  A copy of Dr. Resnick’s presentation may be viewed at URL:  According to Resnick “The recent undertakings of China’s Space Agency is a ‘wake-up call’ to NASA, ESA, JAXA and all stakeholders that an international collaborative effort is needed to ‘streamline’ the commercialization of space with moon mining for H-3 being the most logical first objective.  I predict that China will undoubted make a 'claim' to the area that Yutu is presently surveying which is included in one of the areas Team ROC identified years ago as containing a vast amount of H-3 (see:”.  Dr. Resnick pointed to the fact that Jeff Bezos, found of, recently committed nearly twenty million dollars to a group in Canada involved in the development of a cold-fusion reactor (  Other companies, such as Space X and and Virgin Galactic hope to spawn the creation of a space tourism industry.

Dr. Resnick concluded the interview by stating, ‘There are a number of outstanding issues that need to be addressed with regard to the space treaties that have been put in place, but not fully ratified by all signatories to date.  One of the major concerns is the need for all parties to agree upon which laws will be used and upon which all parties can participate, equally.  For example, under British Common Law, possession constitutes 9/10ths of the law.  But that doctrine is counter to other political ideologies that profess joint and equal ownership by the masses, Communism, for example. The UN and all countries need to settle these matters and get on with it”, Resnick said.

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