I had no doubt that, when Bush announced that he wanted to get to the moon before 2020, and Mars beyond that, that it was A) a pissing contest with the Chinese and B) had something to do with arming the moon. Who knew there was a third item on the agenda? Seems that we’re going to mine the moon of Helium 3 Isotope, which is a near perfect fuel. A single payload of 30 tons (the moon has 1 million tons of Helium 3 Isotope) will generate enough power for the United States for a full year, with no environmental impact…besides stripping the moon of it’s resources.
Anyone know if Halliburton wants to start a space exploration unit? Ten bucks says they have; why else would George Bush bring this out now, besides the avoidance factor of real news?