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When will it be profitable to mine the moon of Helium 3 ?

Asked by talljasperman (21739points) April 6th, 2014

So I wonder when will space travel be cheap enough to make mining the moon worth while?

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XOIIO's avatar

A long, long, long time from now, when we have some sort of very advanced propulsion system that uses barely any fuel, but also is decently fast enough with a large load. It will also need to be for something used in orbit as getting large amounts to earth would be very difficult.

filmfann's avatar

It isn’t as hard as @XOIIO speculates, since getting into space from the moon doesn’t require the propulsion that it does from Earth.
The movie Moon isn’t far off how it will be done.

kritiper's avatar

Never. It isn’t cost effective.

antimatter's avatar

What can you do with it?

talljasperman's avatar

@antimatter I believe you can use it as a fuel source.

antimatter's avatar

O… well than it would be cool to mine the moon

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