Pillaging the Moon for the Promise of Space Energy: Between 1969 and 1972, Apollo astronauts brought just under
RELATED ARTICLES The Promise of Fusion Power October 22, 2010 10:53 AM Nuclear Project Could Solve Energy Woes, Scientist Says June 29, 2005 12:00 AM Helium Supplies Endangered, Threatening Science And Technology January 2, 2008 10:50 AM Nuclear Fusion July 30, 2010 11:54 AM /environmental_policy/article/44916 Between 1969 and 1972, Apollo astronauts brought just under 842 pounds of rocks and regolith back from the Moon. In 1985, engineers at the University of Wisconsin discovered significant amounts of Helium-3 in the lunar soil. ADVERTISEMENT Helium-3 is a stable isotope of helium -- the gas we use to fill party balloons with -- and is notable because it's missing a neutron, an important property that means we can used it in nuclear fusion reactions to produce clean energy. Unfortunately, our most plentiful stores of the isotope are a quarter of a million miles away. Cur...