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isnt it possible to just manufacture it?

maybe glue two hydrogens together?
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Moon (2009) - IMDb
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Wow, that could be a game-changer.

Is there no way to harvest it from the atmosphere?
I was going to ask if distillation of air wasn't possible on a large scale? I know it's done on a small scale...

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isnt it possible to just manufacture it?

maybe glue two hydrogens together?
It'd have to be either to Deuteriums or a Hydrogen ("Proteum") and a Tritium... and it's an awful lot more complicated than that.
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Because all we need is more dependence on non renewable resources. Not that I'm against using what you've got available to you (copper on Saturn? TAKE IT ALL. MAKE SUPER HEATSINK), but I'd prefer an optimization of our current processes.

For instance: balloons were mentioned. In theory we as a species wouldn't be so desperate for helium to mine from THE MOON while still even considering using helium for toys.

The only thing I don't like about the article is that while it knows that this could be merely a catalyst for off-world mining, it would need to be profitable to get a green light.

Key word: profitable. This makes me sad as it reminds me that our species doesn't have a defined goal yet. If it did, anything that got us towards that goal would be considered 'profitable' without the influence of a dollar sign. Business majors often describe things as 'money' for this reason.
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@nathan: that si well put. I think us (as a species) needs to put each other ahead of ourselves. The problem is that the ppl in big business have to much money to care. and no matter how tough the situation might become its trivial compared to the money they would lose on teh concept of off world mining, besides it wouldnt make that many jobs.... we cant live in space so its all robots
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I love this movie so much. Sam Rockwell is the best actor right now.
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Deleted myself when I realized how dumb I was, had it backwards.
Edited by Sabis - 2/23/11 at 6:23pm
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