Russia sees NASA’s race for the moon as having a “distinctly Cold War feel,” according to the British newspaper the Telegraph.

Adrian Blomfield reports that the Russian space agency has accused NASA of “rejecting a proposal for joint lunar exploration.” Does this mean we hope to claim ownership of the moon, along with all its incredibly valuable Helium 3 fuel, by planting another American flag there before anyone else can get there?

Blomfield quotes Russian Space Agency head Anatoly Perminov as saying, “We are ready to cooperate but for some reason the United States has announced that it will carry out the program itself [despite the fact that] the United States is short of experts to implement the program.”
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The space race continues: after China announced it is going to the moon in order to scoop up the valuable Helium 3 fuel for its fusion reactors, Europe and Russia said they were going too, then NASA said it was planning a mission?ostensibly to do “research,” but doubtless so that no one else can lay claim to this incredibly valuable fuel. Now the German space agency is preparing for a mission to the moon.

Walter Doellinger, the head of the German Space Program, says it will be ready to send an unmanned space shuttle into orbit around the moon by 2013. The German’s have their own cover story for making this incredibly expensive journey: Doellinger says, “We want to show that Germany has the know-how.”

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Over a year ago, we reported that the new moon race isn’t about space exploration?it’s all about the precious Helium 3 fuel lying on the moon’s surface. Now major media outlets are beginning to report this story.

In the website MSNBC.com, Alan Boyle quotes geologist and astronaut Harrison Schmitt, who took part in the 1972 Apollo 17 mission, as saying that “Helium-3 as a potential fuel for future fusion reactors. That particular isotope of helium appears to be abundant on the moon.” It’s a gift just waiting for the taking?let’s just hope that we don’t now take our earth-bound wars over land out into space.

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Many nations are planning trips to the moon, in order to be the first to lay claim to the precious Helium 3 fuel there. But when it comes to setting up a mining operation on the moon, they all have the same problem: lack of water. Now that problem may be solved.

Leonard David writes in space.com that the solution may be simpler than we thought. We will bombard the moon with tons of ice. Craters will become lakes and the problem will be solved! The new project is appropriately called SLAM. Researcher Alan Stern says, “When we have people on the moon, they are going to need water. This is an exceptionally efficient, low-cost way to get it there?It appears to be entirely feasible, simple, and really cheap.”
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