The scientists in China have started studying lunar rocks which were collected by the Chang’e 5 mission.They are also trying to find their potential as a source of fusion power.
In the year 2020, the Chang’e 5 mission delivered 1.73 kg of lunar material to Earth.
Around 17.4764 grams of lunar samples including fine grains, basalt fragments, and glasses were distributed to thirteen Chinese institutions in July.
Presently, the Beijing Research Institute of Uranium Geology is studying fifty milligram rocks brought from the lunar surface and are looking for an isotope called helium-3. This isotope is a potential fuel in future nuclear fusion power plants. It is extremely rare on Earth but is thought to be more abundant on the moon. Researchers are aiming to determine the amount of helium-3 in the lunar soil and its extraction and transportation to Earth. They are also studying the samples for the possible presence of the radioactive element uranium.
Li Ziying, head of the institute said, “The research is not only of great value for the potential exploitation of such nuclear energy resources on the moon in the future, but also of great significance for the scientific study of the moon itself and its relationship with the Earth"
Other teams are studying the ways of generating electricity from fusion power.
The Scientists are trying to find fresh insights into the history of our celestial neighbour.