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Fossil fuels aren't the only vital resource we're running out of - our once mighty helium reserves are dwindling, and the price of the gas has already skyrocketed. The US reserves could be depleted in less than 20 years, and the entire Earth could run out helium by the end of this century, which could cripple industry. Thankfully, the Sun gives off an endless supply of the stuff - and the Moon is the best place to go get it. Back in the 1920s, the US established its National Helium Reserve about 250 miles away from Amarillo, Texas. At the time, helium was being stockpiled to fuel airships, but even after that technology withered away there was still plenty of use for the gas. Helium is used in arc welding and in leak detection, and its liquid form is essential in cooling nuclear reactors, the magnetics inside MRIs, and other vital high-tech resources.
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New retirement plan:

Step 1: Go to Red Robin.
Step 2: Ask for a hojillion balloons.
Step 3: ????
Step 4: PROFIT!!
    
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Yeah, as if Helium wouldnt cost more than my house if it was mined from the moon.
Edited by pLuhhmm - 2/23/11 at 1:49am
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Yeah, as if Helium wouldnt cost more than my house if it was mined from the moon.
Eventually if no alternative was found and supplies dwindled to nothing, then it could simply be that it was the cheapest way to go.
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*Goes to Publix to get some free balloons*
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bring on the planet crackers and necromorphs!
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If helium becomes a rare and expensive resource, then I can understand why kids scream their heads off when their balloons fly away.
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[io9]Now is the time to return to the Moon
Fixed article title. Baby steps io9.
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bring on the planet crackers and necromorphs!
IIsssaaaaaaaaac
    
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Wow, that could be a game-changer.

Is there no way to harvest it from the atmosphere?
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