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  1. squeezewax Black Belt

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    it looks like a number of countries are interested in mining helium 3 on the moon, such as america, russia, china and india.
    i wouldn't be surprised if russia or china get there first they'll claim ownership of the whole satellite. i'm unsure as to ownership from a legal point of view, maybe someone here knows? although some people have bought moon land according to news reports, but how valid is this?

    this looks like a perfect scenario for conflict between countries. we all know that china and russia won't wish to share anything with any other nation.
    i imagine mining will more or less be done by robots, so there won't be a lot of people up there after things have been built and put into place.

    as far as a war goes, strategic nuclear weapons could be used without fear of immediate fallout for the people of the earth?
    maybe the moon will end up with various countries walling off their areas. just a continuation of life on earth on the moon?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...atellite-help-solve-worlds-energy-crisis.html

    http://www.technologyreview.com/news/408558/mining-the-moon/

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/360/the-ethics-of-lunar-mining/4871492
     
  2. weed ベルセルク

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    the moon belongs to the US
     
  3. norcal313 Purple Belt

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    Pretty sure America got there a long time ago.

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  4. J0N0 (JonKunDo) Platinum Member

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    The problem is that it costs so much to get whatever you mine back, that it outweighs the value of whatever you're mining.
     
  5. MGLucas Brown Belt

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    Our moon and all other celestial bodies belong to the common heritage of mankind according to the 1967 Outer Space Treaty that was ratified by every country being discussed so far.
     
  6. genecop Gold Belt

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    The Cheese industry is also interested.....
     
  7. PorkPiePusher Loro Piana cashmere belt

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    http://disarmament.un.org/treaties/t/outer_space

    Came to say this. The moon, according to the treaty, belongs to all mankind.

    And according to: https://treaties.un.org/pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=TREATY&mtdsg_no=XXIV-2&chapter=24&lang=en
    the exploatation of the Moon is restricted. While the US is not a party to the treaty, the general consensus in the UN is such that the principles of the treaty are accepted as valid, and the rules that apply to the exploatation of the ocean floor are held to be valid in the case of lunar exploatation.
     
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  8. biscuitsbrah Red Belt

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    Helium 3 = energy?
    You guys should watch "Moon" that's what they were mining in that movie
     
  9. Stranger Come Knocking Red Belt

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    I want me some moon cheese! A nice bacon egg and moon cheese sandwich sounds great right about now.
     
  10. uppercutbus Silver Belt

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    George Bush owns parts of the moon where Helium 3 is abundant.
    http://discovermagazine.com/2007/jul/location-location-location
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  11. biscuitsbrah Red Belt

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    fusionbrah.
     
  13. ralphc1 Titanium Belt Platinum Member

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    It's a movie, it's not real!
     
  14. SilvaP4P Purple Belt

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  15. DoctorTaco Breadhead

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    God damnit moon moon
     
  16. blakethemus Blake Belt

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    The moon landing was faked by the jews in hollywood.
     
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    Great movie but I think people should check out the documentary Iron Skies.
     
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    I got three craters named after my kids, they better damn well stay outta those.
     
  19. jefferz Steel Belt

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    haha, nice.
     
  20. J0N0 (JonKunDo) Platinum Member

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    I named my kid Sea of Tranquility. Saved me a lotta money.
     

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