Interlune Plans to Harvest Helium-3 from Moon

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Moon Resource Mining: A New Frontier in Industry

Throughout billions of years, the Moon’s surface has been bombarded by solar wind, transporting high-energy particles containing helium-3, a valuable resource. While scarce on Earth, helium-3 has recently gained significant interest from industries such as quantum computing and nuclear fusion reactors.

Interlune: Pioneering Moon Resource Harvesting

Seattle-based startup Interlune has secured $15 million in funding to embark on a mission to extract natural resources from the Moon. The company aims to focus initially on harvesting helium-3, with plans to supply government and commercial customers in various industries including national security, quantum computing, medical imaging, and fusion energy.

Alexis Ohanian, a key investor in Interlune, highlighted the increasing demand for helium-3 and the potential technological advancements that could be unlocked by accessing resources on the Moon.

Founded in 2020 by former Blue Origin President Rob Meyerson, Chief Architect Gary Lai, and Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, Interlune is at the forefront of lunar resource exploration.

Challenges and Opportunities

While the concept of mining resources from celestial bodies has been discussed for years, few companies have made tangible progress in this field. NASA has outlined its own plans to extract resources from the Moon within the next decade in support of the Artemis missions, aiming to establish large-scale mining operations by 2032.

Despite the promising potential of lunar resources, challenges remain in developing the necessary technologies for extraction and navigating the regulatory landscape. Without established regulations, there is a risk of excessive resource extraction altering the natural balance of the Moon and other celestial bodies.

As Interlune and other space exploration entities forge ahead in the pursuit of lunar resources, the commercialization of space could usher in a new era of industrial innovation and economic growth.

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