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    Moon for Sale

    After 40 years, man is preparing to return to the Moon. But this time the astronauts won't just land on the Moon - they plan to stay.
    From his office in Nevada, Dennis Hope has spawned a multi-million dollar business selling lunar real estate.
    But scientists believe the real prize is trapped in the Moon's rocks. It contains large deposits of an extremely rare gas called Helium-3. Could Helium-3 be mined and used as a new source of almost inexhaustible, clean and pollution-free energy on Earth? Whoever succeeds in transporting Helium-3 back to Earth could solve the world's energy crisis.
    Who will win what has been dubbed the second Moon race? And should we be exploiting the Moon's valuable resources at all?




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    The guy selling lunar real estate is interesting. It's a novelty issue because no one owns the rights to lunar property. You cannot legally sell something you do not own. There is no legal jurisdiction on the moon, so at this point no one can prosecute people selling lunar property. But when a permanent settlement is established on the moon, all of these property claims will be found to be invalid. It is interesting that the guy has made millions of dollars selling something he does not own and does have the right to sell.

    I don't think anyone will ever cost-effectively mine helium-3 and bring it back to earth.

    I wonder if Bush's moon program is still active after Obama stripped $billions from NASA's budget. He did that almost immediately after giving a speech to NASA employees where he vowed to continue support for the space program.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    The guy selling lunar real estate is interesting. It's a novelty issue because no one owns the rights to lunar property. You cannot legally sell something you do not own. There is no legal jurisdiction on the moon, so at this point no one can prosecute people selling lunar property. But when a permanent settlement is established on the moon, all of these property claims will be found to be invalid. It is interesting that the guy has made millions of dollars selling something he does not own and does have the right to sell.
    You cannot imagine how rich people think, I remember to hear a story about a wife of billionaire who wanted an island, the husband bought it for her! You know it wasn't for leaving on it or doing something great about it, it was just to brag about it in elegant tea rooms between ladies.

    I don't think anyone will ever cost-effectively mine helium-3 and bring it back to earth
    Depends of the quantity extracted and sent to Earth.

    I wonder if Bush's moon program is still active after Obama stripped $billions from NASA's budget. He did that almost immediately after giving a speech to NASA employees where he vowed to continue support for the space program.
    If only as human being we were smart enough to invest in our future explorations of space or scientific discoveries and new technologies to travel into space we can make, instead of generate misery in the world and make wars, we will grow up big time.


    Like Anais Nin said: "Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country."
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