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Can we use the Moon for fuel?
Of all the minerals that have been detected on the moon or thought to be on the moon, helium-3 is the only one that might be economical to return to Earth. The isotope, deposited on the lunar surface for billions of years by solar wind, is thought to be the perfect, nonpolluting fuel for future fusion reactors.
Could rocket fuel be made on the Moon?
The lunar poles are subject to over 80\% sunlight in certain regions. The areas with water are also in the lunar polar regions. If the sunlight can be harvested using solar panels, enough energy could be produced to use electrolysis to make rocket fuel from the water.
How much fuel does a rocket use to get to the Moon?
Now for a bit of history: for the 1967 Apollo mission to the moon, Saturn V rocket’s first stage carried 203,400 gallons of kerosene fuel and 318,000 gallons of liquid oxygen needed for, totaling over 500,000 gallons of fuel for getting out of the atmosphere alone.
Does the Moon have a gravitational pull?
Does the moon have gold?
Golden Opportunity on the Moon The moon isn’t so barren after all. A 2009 NASA mission—in which a rocket slammed into the moon and a second spacecraft studied the blast—revealed that the lunar surface contains an array of compounds, including gold, silver, and mercury, according to PBS.
Should we stop at the Moon to refuel?
If you can stop at the moon’s orbit or a lunar base to refuel, you no longer need to bring all your propellant with you as you take off, making your spacecraft significantly lighter and cheaper to launch. That’s important because Earth’s atmosphere and gravitational pull necessitate use of tons of fuel per second when rockets launch.
How can we use the Moon as a fuel source?
A better solution would be if we could find water on the Moon. Though the Moon has no liquid water, in 2018 NASA confirmed it does exist on the surface in ice form. Rovers could find, drill and gather this ice. Settlers would use this water for drinking, and extract the hydrogen and oxygen for rocket fuel.
Can we use the Moon to power space missions?
The Shackleton Energy company envisages providing propellant for missions throughout the Solar System using lunar water. Some teams vying for the Google Lunar X-Prize also see mining as an ultimate goal of their landers. ESA has also considered using the Moon to help missions farther into the Solar System.
Is it possible to get energy from the Moon?
The idea of harvesting a clean and efficient form of energy from the Moon has stimulated science fiction and fact in recent decades. Unlike Earth, which is protected by its magnetic field, the Moon has been bombarded with large quantities of Helium-3 by the solar wind.