Are there nuclear resources out there?

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Offline Atomic-S

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Are there nuclear resources out there?
« on: 06/03/2012 05:25:35 »
Does anyone currently know whether, on the bodies in the Solar System which are good candidates for human visitation or at least mechanized representation, there exist any exploitable resources of nuclear fuel? That would seem to be of interest for space exploration, inasmuch as many of these moons and planets seem to lack much in the way of identifiable energy resources. Even solar is a questionable option for many, because of their distance from the sun.


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Re: Are there nuclear resources out there?
« Reply #1 on: 06/03/2012 06:04:31 »
Our moon's crust should have much the same Uranium content as Earth.
I'm seeing that Mars may also have Uranium in similar proportions as Earth.  The big question is whether there would be any high-level ores.

There is also speculation that 3He which may be an important fuel for fusion reactors gets trapped in the upper layer of our moon rocks.

Saturn and Jupiter undoubtedly will also have plenty of 3He in their atmospheres if it could be harvested. 

Some of the outer moons apparently have some geothermal activity that might be able to be utilized.

Io is constantly bombarded with high energy particles from Jupiter.  Perhaps that would cause the secondary creation of radioactive materials, although not necessarily Uranium.