China’s successful trip to the moon has returned a groundbreaking discovery from the lunar surface. A new mineral has been discovered from the surface of the moon, which the Chinese scientists are claiming is Helium 3, an isotope that has the potential to fuel future fusion reactors. The mineral, which is of great interest to geologists, is described as a colorless transparent columnar crystal and a revolutionary discovery as it is about one-tenth the size of a human hair.
Since the Apollo program, scientists have known that the moon’s surface contains Helium 3 mineral. However, this discovery has the potential to change the world as the use of this mineral in fusion does not create radioactive neutrons compared to the other Hydrogen isotopes, tritium, and deuterium. However, achieving a controlled fusion reaction with Helium 3 is much more difficult as compared to conventional fuels.
For China, the mission to the moon is more than just science and commerce; it’s about bragging rights that give them political power. The discovery of Helium 3 suggests that the moon could become the center of attention for many. Even though discovering a mineral that would provide clean and abundant energy would change the world, the problem of getting technology that works with Helium 3 fusion is a major obstacle. So the fusion of Helium 3 might not be a reality until the middle of this century.
The United States is also on the scene to transport Helium 3 to Earth and also starting testing mining on the moon’s surface. Eventually, the country that controls the energy source will control the Earth. Therefore, the United States and the countries among the Artemis Accords must acquire control of lunar helium 3 and focus on installing technology to use it as an energy source.