posted on Sep, 28 2005 @ 11:12 AM
Harrison Schmitt, true-to-life moonwalker says:
During the last 25 years, a new "space race" has become increasingly urgent. On the one hand, we face accelerating demands for energy arising from
the increasing population of the Earth and from the aspirations of that population for a vastly improved quality of life. On the other hand, meeting
such demands and aspirations through resources from space has become a real option available to us.
Associates at the University of Wisconsin's Fusion Technology Institute and I have spent the last several years examining the technical, political,
environmental, and economic feasibility of a privately-financed return to the moon. This endeavor would be based on the viability of helium-3 (3He)
fusion power, using lunar helium resources and inertial electrostatic confinement (IEC) fusion technology to produce environmentally sound power on
IEC fusion technology by itself has near-term applications in existing markets, particularly in less expensive medical diagnosis and treatment.
Further, the space technologies and low-cost lunar byproducts (hydrogen, oxygen, and water) would enable further exploration and settlement of deep
space, including the return of science to the moon, the possibility of low-cost tourism into Earth orbit, and protection from asteroid or comet
collisions with the Earth.
Our goal for a return to deep space should be to join the Earth, moon and Mars into one environmental and human system, providing for the preservation
of the human species and human freedom in the solar system as well as on Earth.
excerpt from interview with Dr. Harrison Schmitt, apollo astronaut
[edit on 28-9-2005 by moranity1]