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China drills hole in Moon and discovers rare energy source

He3 was found in the lunar crust

12.Sep.22 9:35 AM
By Abigail Richards
Photo China


China drills hole in Moon and discovers rare energy source

China has found Helium-3 in soil samples from the lunar surface, Business Insider reports. Helium-3 is a substance that is very rare on Earth. The substance is an important element for nuclear fusion, releasing large amounts of energy.

The soil sample was taken during the Chang'e 5 lunar mission. For this, a hole 6.5 meters deep in the lunar surface was drilled in a place where there has been volcanic activity. The soil sample weighed 1.73 kilograms and was shared with 33 scientific organizations after arriving on Earth.

Helium-3 was found in the soil sample. The discovery suggests that the substance is present on the moon in greater quantities. Helium-3 is an important element for nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion is seen as a potential energy source for the future.

In nuclear fusion, a lot of energy is released by fusing atoms together. Nuclear fusion does not produce radioactive waste. That is the case with nuclear fission, as is now done in nuclear power plants.

In the lunar sample, in addition to Helium-3, a new and unknown mineral was also discovered. This mineral has received the name Changesite-(Y), named after a moon goddess from Chinese mythology. China is the third country in the world, after Russia and the United States, to have discovered an unknown mineral on the moon, according to the Chinese state-affiliated Global Times.

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