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    LUNAR HELIUM-3 PRODUCTION FOR THERMONUCLEAR PLANTS TO BECOME AN OPPORTUNITY IN ONLY 30 YEARS - RUMYANTSEV

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    MOSCOW, JANUARY 29 (RIA NOVOSTI) - Russian Nuclear Energy Minister Alexander Rumyantsev believes that the moon can be looked upon as a promising source of helium-3, from which energy may be produced in thermonuclear reactors. He said this to journalists in Moscow on Thursday.

    "Yes, the moon can be a source of energy but not in the near future. Even after 30 years we may not be producing helium for thermonuclear stations," he said.

    "The economy of today prevents the use of lunar rock for the production of heluim-3," he said. "Much tritium has been stockpiled in the world. It can well be used for such ends," added the energy minister.

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