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India To Launch Chandrayaan-2 Mission That Will Hunt For Nuclear Fusion Fuel On The Moon

Monday 02/July/2018 - 10:05 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
The Indian Space Research Organization has revealed that it will launch a lunar mission to explore that south side of the moon in October، as the Tech Times said.

The Chandrayaan-2 mission is India's second lunar mission and will mark the first time any country has visited the south side of the moon.

The mission includes a lander، an orbiter and a rectangular rover powered by solar energy. Data gathered by the rover will be sent to the lander، which will then transmit these back to ISRO for analysis.

The 6-wheeled Chandrayaan-2 rover will analyze the lunar crust to find traces of water and helium-3، an isotope crucial for the development of fusion energy on Earth.

"The mission will carry a six-wheeled Rover which will move around the landing site in semi-autonomous mode as decided by the ground commands،" ISRO said. "The instruments on the rover will observe the lunar surface and send back data، which will be useful for analysis of the lunar soil."
Countries and companies worldwide are keen on exploiting helium-3 as scientists hope that the isotope can be used in a kind of nuclear fusion that does not produce radioactive waste، something that may provide safer nuclear energy.
Nuclear fusion is a process that powers the sun. It involves smashing hydrogen atoms to produce helium and release massive amounts of energy. Once fusion energy is captured، it could serve as a source of unlimited energy on our planet.

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