|Les étudiants colombiens aussi là ! - Photo : rke|
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Bengladesh. - Photo : rke
|En trax sur la Lune :|
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|Photo : rke|
Come back on the Moon : 2012, the third Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition
Small jump to the future. We are the 2040s, euh… rather a little more. Earthlings have regained the moon and established a base with robots who extract minerals.The basement of our natural satellite is strong but limp, too, and contains real wealth. Oxygen (42%) and silicon (20%) are present in very large quantities, as well as aluminum, iron, chromium, nickel and titanium. But there are also plenty, this is helium 3 (3He), a commodity rather rare on Earth and used as fuel for fusion reactors « energy fusion ». It could therefore be extracted for industrial exploitation, and then also pump water in its soil, or extract oxygen in rocks. Finally, what use all this for when we have much need (ISRU).
|Lunar base : but when ?|
- Photo : NASA
And we come back in the present to realize that this huge project is not so as utopian as it. Because it’s happening now (May 21 to 26) at KSC, NASA, the Third Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition. Twenty teams from universities abroad (mostly from India) are involved, but not from Switzerland or France. There is thus all in all teams 58.The purpose of all this is to encourage innovation of lunar mining for these future designs. But don’t tell all these young people they are crazy. They believe and they want - like me - to return to the Moon. Except that I am not (so) young any more.
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