Tuesday, October 21, 2008

India Joins the New Space Race

India will be sending an unmanned mission to the moon scheduled to make history on November 11.

The mission is part of an international Helium 3 rush. Helium 3 is indispensible if we are ever going to make a fusion energy source a reality. There are only 15 metric tons of it on Earth, but scientists believe the moon could have 5 million.

China has already sent a moon-orbiting satellite, and plans to send a manned mission perhaps as early as 2024. But India, with a budget one-tenth of NASA's, has said that it will march men on the moon four years earlier. The moon could get crowded -- the United States has also targeted 2020 for our return to the lunar surface.

(Thank you to astrosurf for the moon)