PATAGONIA REGION, ARGENTINA (INTELLIHUB) — For years it has been well-known by national defense experts, in both the U.S and abroad, that the Earth’s moon is abundant with Helium-3 (³HE), a non-radioactive isotope that can be used in a variety of applications as a safer source of nuclear energy. Helium-3 is rather rare on Earth, which is estimated to contain less than 100,000 metric tonnes in total, compared to the moon’s estimated quantity of 5 million metric tons and is likely the reason the race is on between the U.S. and China to strip mine the moon.
A former Executive Officer of a U.S. submarine, confirmed to Intellihub’s Shepard Ambellas, back in the late 90’s, just how valuable the element is and told Ambellas, at the time, that Helium-3 was indeed already being used in secret military applications such as underground bases submarines in the fleet beyond the Seawolf-class.
“One of the main reasons helium-3 is sought as a fusion fuel is because there are no neutrons generated as a reaction product. The protons that do get generated have charge, and can therefore be safely contained using electromagnetic fields,” John Hewitt wrote in early 2105, predicting that China would be first to robotically harness the isotope from the moon’s surface.
China’s Chang’e 5 lunar probe is scheduled to launch in 2017 and is set to “land on the moon” before returning to Earth with a 2-kilogram sample payload of rock and soil samples taken from a depth of 2 meters on the moon’s surface. Once the sample has safely returned to Earth, the Chinese can then analyze the material to get a better understanding of the soil’s composition for future mining runs.
Naveen Jain, the co-founder of Moon Express, a private agency working with the U.S. Government to mine the moon, said back in 2014, “Now that we’re shifting from U.S. government-sponsored space exploration to privately funded expeditions, it’s important to look at how the resources of the moon could benefit everyone.”
It is a possible fuel for nuclear fusion that could solve energy demand on Earth for 10,000 years, at least. Platinum, another rare mineral here on Earth, is believed to exist in large quantities on the moon and could be used in various energy applications, he said. “Once you take a mind-set of scarcity and replace it with a mind-set of abundance, amazing things can happen here on Earth,” Jain said. “The ability to access the resources of the moon can change the equation dramatically.”
Now, in 2016, there seems to be a real push to get up there, things have accelerated. In fact, in 2014 China loaned the country of Argentina $11B, in what was likely the beginning of a militarized friendship. You see, China is now preparing a new “Deep Space Station” in Argentina’s Patagonia Region that the Chinese say will be primarily dedicated to the exploration of the moon. However, evidence suggests that the Chinese are not just trying to mine the moon and are also involved in the covert exploration of Antarctica and are just planting their foot in the area. Whatever the case, it looks as if the U.S. government wants their stake as well and has also established a foothold in the region.
On March 23, on the 40th anniversary of the U.S.-backed coup that led to seven years of hell in Argentina, President Barack Obama and over 1000 U.S. Government officials from NASA and other agencies, along with businessmen, arrived in Argentina and met with members of the Argentinian government in an attempt to smooth over damage created by the instigation of coup and martial law upon the country in 1976. Among the super secret attendees were U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson and the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama.
There is little doubt that Argentina’s new conservative Government, under President Mauricio Macri, wanted a new era of cooperation in U.S.-Argentinean relations — so do most U.S. officials — but that was not necessarily the thrust behind U.S. President Barack Obama’s March 23-25 visit to Buenos Aires.
The release of a UN report, a few days after the Obama visit, suddenly pronounced that Argentina’s territorial waters had, under its reckoning, increased by 35 percent, to include the Falkland Islands, which are British.
The timing of the release of the report from the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) was hardly coincidental. Or, rather, the timing of the Obama visit. The report had been completed by March 11, and was released on March 28.
It’s thought by some that the UN’s report was indeed designed to somehow thwart China’s presence in the region and may be part of a much larger plan to tie up China in international court while the U.S. and private companies move in for the kill, ultimately setting up shop to mine the moon and explore secret findings in Antarctica, using the Falkland Islands as a base.
Additionally, it’s important to note that a secret 56 square mile complex in Antarctica has been hidden on Google Earth and may be one of the reasons the two governments interest.
Shepard Ambellas is an activist, journalist, filmmaker, film producer, radio talk show host and the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub. Established in 2013, Intellihub.com is ranked in the upper 1% traffic tier on the World Wide Web. Read more from Shep’s World.