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Huge oil reserves have been found on the moon. Gas prices will fall to $0.10 a gallon as OPEC oil becomes obsolete!
A NASA space probe has reportedly discovered a huge mother lode of oil on the moon – and the astounding find could usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for America!
Scientific data recorded by NASA’s unmanned Lunar Prospector spacecraft indicates there are at least 270 trillion barrels worth of “black gold” buried beneath a crater in the lunar south pole – more than 1,000 times the known oil reserves of Saudia Arabia and enough to meet America’s energy needs for more than 100 years to come, a scientist says.
Notoriously secretive NASA officials are still sitting on the mind-blowing March 8 discovery based on new computer analysis of data beamed back in 2004. But respected astronomer Dr. Gary Wiltts, who has close ties to the U.S. space agency received a heads up from one of his associates.
“I was told the discovery of oil in the Aitken Basin of the moon’s South Pole was made with Prospector’s neutron spectrometer,” he reveals.
“Naturally, this means NASA will hastily renew manned missions to the moon, which had been written off as a useless ‘dead” hulk for decades. For starters, expect to see the planned launch date of the next probe, Lunar J, moved forward from Jan. 1, 2012.
Striking oil on the moon means soon the U.S. may no longer be dependent on foreign oil – and future wars in the Middle East can be avoided.
“In a short time, the Mideast will no longer be of any real strategic importance to the United States – we won’t have to put our servicemen and women in harm’s way every time some tinhorn dictator in the region acts up.,” notes Dr. Wiltts.
“In the past whenever we had a conflict with Iraq, we had a conflict with Iraq, we had to worry about harming their oil supply. That’s no longer an issue. Now we can just nuke them back to the Stone Age.
With a massive influx of lunar oil flooding the market, gas prices will plummet to just pennies a gallon.
“Virtually free energy will transform our economy,” predicts Dr. Wiltts.
NASA is keeping a lid on the breakthrough hoping that, through secrecy, U.S. drillers can get rigs set up on the moon well before other oil hungry countries.
Meanwhile, the agency is quietly conducting a feasibility study on how to recover the oil cost-effectively, the astronomer reveals.
“We have to build a fleet of space tankers tha can get to the moon and back – a round-trip journey of 454,126 miles at a minimum – without burning more fuel than they transport,” he explained.
“The good news is we really have a jump on the rest of the world. America has already planted her flag on the moon – we’ve already ‘laid our claim.’
“Also, low lunar gravity should make the process of extracting oil easier.”
The discovery in as also intriguing from a purely scientific standpoint, because of its implications about life on the moon, the astronomer adds.
“Petroleum on Earth comes from organisms such as marine algae, plankton and dinosaurs that died millions of years ago and decayed over the eons,” explained Dr. Wiltts. “If there’s oil on the moon, the only way it could have gotten there is if similar life forms once existed there.”
Moon gas could meet earth’s future energy demands: scientists
UDAIPUR, India (AFP) Nov 26, 2004
A potential gas source found on the moon’s surface could hold the key to meeting future energy demands as the earth’s fossil fuels dry up in the coming decades, scientists said Friday.
Mineral samples from the moon contained abundant quantities of helium 3, a variant of the gas used in lasers and refrigerators as well as to blow up balloons.
“When compared to the earth the moon has a tremendous amount of helium 3,” said Lawrence Taylor, a director of the US Planetary Geosciences Institute, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.
“When helium 3 combines with deuterium (an isotope of hydrogen) the fusion reaction proceeds at a very high temperature and it can produce awesome amounts of energy,” Taylor told AFP.
“Just 25 tonnes of helium, which can be transported on a space shuttle, is enough to provide electricity for the US for one full year,” said Taylor, who is in the north Indian city of Udaipur for a global conference on moon exploration.
Helium 3 is deposited on the lunar surface by solar winds and would have to be extracted from moon soil and rocks.
To extract helium 3 gas the rocks have to be heated above 1,400 degs Fdegs C). Some 200 million tonnes of lunar soil would produce one tonne of helium, Taylor said, noting that only 10 kilos of helium are available on earth.
Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam told the International Conference on Exploration and Utilisation of the Moon on Wednesday that the barren planet held about one million tonnes of helium 3.
“The moon contains 10 times more energy in the form of Helium 3 than all the fossil fuels on the earth,” Kalam said.
However, planetary scientist Taylor said the reactor technology for converting helium 3 to energy was still in its infancy and could take years to develop.
“The problem is that there is not yet an efficient type of reactor to process helium 3. It is currently being done mostly as a laboratory experiment. Right now at the rate which it (research) is proceeding it will take another 30 years,” he said.
Other scientists said the reactor would be safe in terms of radioactive elements and could be built right in the heart of any city.
“Potentially there are large reserviours of helium 3 on the moon, said D.J. Lawrence, planetary scientist at the US Los Alamos National Laboratory.
“Just doing reconnaissance where the minerals are and to find out where helium 3 likes to hang out is the first step, so when the reactor technology gets to work we are ready and have precise information,” Lawrence said.
“It really could be used as a future fuel and is safe. It is not all science fiction.”
“There are visionaries out there and now the question arises where the funds come from. If people get on board to do it there is no doubt it could be done,” he said.
Taylor echoed Lawrence’s views adding that there were no funds available for funding non-petroleum energy projects in the United States.
He warned of the exhaustion of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas on earth.
“By 2050 the whole world will have a major problem. We need to be thinking ahead,” Taylor said.
“Right now we are not thinking ahead enough. Some of us are. But then the people who make the decisions and put money on the projects are not. They think only about the next elections.
“If we set our hearts on the moon and have the money to do it, then we do it pretty fast. However, it could be done well within 10 years if the sources of finance are generated to get this (reactor) going,” he said.
tcd004 writes “The PBS NewsHour reports: there is water on the moon — along with a long list of other compounds, including mercury, gold and silver. That’s according to a more detailed analysis of the cold lunar soil near the moon’s South Pole. The results were released as six papers by a large team of scientists in the journal, Science Thursday. [Note: Nature’s papers are behind a paywall; for a few more details, reader coondoggie points out a a story at Network World.] The data comes from the October 2009 mission, when NASA slammed a booster rocket traveling nearly 6,000 miles per hour into the moon and blasted out a hole. Trailing close behind it was a second spacecraft, rigged with a spectrometer to study the lunar plume released by the blast. The mission is called LCROSS, for Lunar Crater Observer and Sensing Satellite
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