A rover is to be sent to the moon over an operation which targets searching for a special type of nuclear fuel. India declared that the fuel will be able to supply the world with energy for many centuries.
Chandrayaan-2 will start its mission in October to locate the Helium-3 fuel source in the moon. The same kind of material exists on earth but the expensive cost of mining and rarity has hindered its utilization so far. Experts believe that large deposits of the isotope can, if harnessed, make the earth needless of any other source of energy for more than 200 years.
India will be the second country, after China, to search helium-3 beneath the lunar surface. According to K Sivan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization, “the countries which have the capacity to bring that source from the moon to Earth will dictate the process. I don’t want to be just a part of them, I want to lead them.’’
An orbiter, lander and a rectangular rover comprise Chandrayaan-2. The 14-day operation is to cover a 400-meter radius in its plan to collect data from the surface of the moon.
Helium-3, according to scientists, release large amounts of energy in its fusion without giving rise to radioactive transformations. The result is a massive source of clean energy free from radioactive waste.
The value of helium-3 is estimated to exceed US$10 billion a ton. More than 250,000 tons of helium-3 is expected to be sought which makes it difficult to count the total value.
The race for exploiting the space seems to be speeding up. US president Donald Trump ordered the creation of space force as the sixth branch of the US military last month. China, nevertheless, is still the only country with a lander and rover which started its mission on the moon in 2013.