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BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which launched its first manned space mission just two years ago, plans to put a man on the moon around 2017 and investigate what may be the perfect source of fuel, a newspaper reported on Friday.
Two Chinese astronauts orbited Earth for five days last month in the Shenzhou VI and China was now developing new craft up to the Shenzhou X, eyeing a permanent space station and an eventual moon mission, state media said this week.
"China will make a manned moon landing at a proper time, around 2017," leading scientist Ouyang Ziyuan was quoted by the Southern Metropolis News as saying.
The project also includes setting up a moon-based astronomical telescope, measuring the thickness of the moon's soil and the amount of helium-3 on the moon -- an element some researchers say is a perfect, non-polluting fuel source.
"We will provide the MOST RELIABLE report on helium-3 to mankind," Ouyang said.
There are supposed vast reserves. Not that there needs to be. One payload should power the US for 5-10 years, iirc.
Originally posted by FredT
This of course begs the question. Did the Apollo missions discover Helium-3 and was the discovery of this kept quiet at the behest of the world wide oil cabal?
Originally posted by Amorymeltzer
A century is definitely pushing it. At this rate, maybe, but assuming people actually thought things through we could do it pretty quickly, possibly by the time we get the stuff back, or not long after.
It has been estimated that helium 3 would have a cash value of $5.7 billion a ton in terms of its current energy equivalent to oil at
Originally posted by ZPE StarPilot
A reactor using Helium-3 might be developed, if we had any Helium-3 to try it. We don't have any here on Earth. It's all on the Moon. Having some might just speed the process up.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
I have an update from China. Strangest thing. This poster at a locally run forum (the region is less than 200k people) has really provided me a lot of spectacularly good links. Two of them deal with the China connection.
I am willing to bet that the Chinese government is willing to provide a substantial amount of autonomy (at least initially) to a scientist like Dr. Li, who can provide technology that gives a competitve edge. They are moving full speed ahead with stem cell research and could end up being a sponsor of human cloning.
Below is a joint Chinese/US effort:
High Frequency Gravity Waves
It is Chinese with English translations. Could one of our mathematicians have a perusal at the math and theory and provide some feedback?
I have a patent related to this, as well...but haven't finished with it yet. I will post it tomorrow (when i can use my desktop system and get into my full suite of applications).
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2008 22:46:48 -0800
Dear Mike: I really appreciate your interest in High-Frequency Gravitational waves. I have not heard from Dr. Ning Li for several years. In Huntsville several years back her husband prepared what my wife and I consider the best Chinese meal we have ever had. At the time I was evaluating her work on HFGWs/superconductors for the US Army. According to them she never presented them with a final report on the $500,000 contract that they paid her. I have no idea where she is or what she is doing. I am working with a Professor Fangyu Li from Chongqing University . You can find information on our activity at www.GravWave.com. Regards, Robert Baker