Why China is fixated on the Moon
J Thoendell stashed this in Space
A rationale for this long-term programme is that "there are many ways humans can use the Moon", and he outlined a startling vision for its exploitation.
With no air on the Moon, solar panels would operate far more efficiently, he believes, and a "belt" of them could "support the whole world".
The Moon is also "so rich" in helium-3, which is a possible fuel for nuclear fusion, that this could "solve human beings' energy demand for around 10,000 years at least".
Interesting theory about helium-3 serving humanity's energy needs for 10,000 years.
Cheap limitless energy seems like it could drive significant future innovation.