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Russia Sees Moon Plot In NASA Plans

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 07 May 2007 16:29:46 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 07 May 2007 16:29:46 -0400
Subject: Russia Sees Moon Plot In NASA Plans

Source: The Daily Telegraph - London, UK



Russia Sees Moon Plot In NASA Plans

By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow

Mankind's second race for the moon took on a distinctly Cold War
feel yesterday when the Russian space agency accused its old
rival NASA of rejecting a proposal for joint lunar exploration.

The claim comes amid suspicion in Moscow that the United States
is seeking to deny Russia access to an isotope in abundance
under the moon's surface that many believe could replace fossil
fuels and even end the threat of global warming.

A new era of international co-operation in space supposedly
dawned after the United States, Russia and other powers declared
their intention to send humans to the moon for the first time
since 1972.

But while NASA has lobbied for support from Britain and the
European Space Agency, Russia claims its offers have been

Yesterday Anatoly Perminov, the head of Russia's Federal Space
Agency Roscosmos, said: "We are ready to co-operate but for some
reason the United States has announced that it will carry out
the programme itself. Strange as it is, the United States is
short of experts to implement the programme."

NASA announced in December that it was planning to build an
international base camp on one of the Moon's poles, permanently
staffing it by 2024. Russia's space rocket manufacturer Energia
revealed an even more ambitious programme last August, saying it
would build a permanent Moon base by 2015.

While the Americans have either been coy or dismissive on the
subject, Russia openly says the main purpose of its lunar
programme is the industrial extraction of helium-3.

Dismissed by critics as a 21st-century equivalent of the
medieval alchemist's fruitless quest to turn lead into gold,
some scientists say helium-3 could be the answer to the world's
energy woes.

A non-radioactive isotope of helium, helium-3 is a proven and
potent fuel for nuclear fusion - so potent that just six metric
tons would supply Britain with enough energy for a year.

As helium-3 is non-polluting and is so effective in such tiny
quantities, many countries are taking it very seriously.
Germany, India and China, which will launch a lunar probe to
research extraction techniques in September, are all studying
ways to mine the isotope.

"Whoever conquers the moon first will be the first to benefit,"
said Ouyang Ziyuan, the chief scientist of China's lunar

Energia says it will start "industrial scale delivery" of
helium-3, transported by cargo space ships via the International
Space Station, no later than 2020. Gazprom, the state-owned
energy giant directly controlled by the Kremlin, is said to be
strongly supportive of the project.

The United States has appeared much more cautious, not least
because scientists are yet to discover the secrets of large
scale nuclear fusion. Commercial fusion reactors look unlikely
to come on line before the second half of this century.

But many officials in Moscow's space programme believe
Washington's lunar agenda is driven by a desire to monopolise
helium-3 mining. They allege that President Bush has moved
helium-3 experts into key positions on NASA's advisory council.

The plot, says Erik Galimov, an academic with the Russian
Academy of Sciences, would "enable the US to establish its
control of the energy market 20 years from now and put the rest
of the world on its knees as hydrocarbons run out."

[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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