One step closer to colonizing the Moon …

Surface of the Moon

Once again proving that sci-fi writers may have a better grip on our future than we give them credit for – news just out of Japan tells us that uranium has been found on the moon, and with it the possibility of a future lunar mining colony.

The Japanese space probe, Kaguya, detected the element in the lunar dirt.  It also found thorium, potassium, magnesium, silicon, calcium, titanium and iron during it’s 20 month mission before hitting the moon’s surface in a controlled crash-landing yesterday.

Naturally, speculation since this announcement has included building mining colonies and nuclear power plants on the lunar surface, providing a power source for future moon colonization by humans.  And yes, it certainly sounds like a plot for a blockbuster film (more on that later).

As the Japanese discovered it, I’m wondering if they’ll be able to claim the rights to mining and building there.  Somehow I can’t see the rest of the world being happy about that prospect.

Which leads me neatly to the next piece of news …

David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, won the top award this Sunday at the Edinburgh International Film Festival for his debut feature film “Moon“, starring Sam Rockwell.

“Moon” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year and is about a Helium-3 miner who undergoes a series of strange experiences while running a solo mining station on the moon. The film has received a limited release in North America through Sony Pictures Classics and premiered on June 12 in New York and Los Angeles, with additional theatres across the US showing the film as of tomorrow (July 3).

“Moon” will be released in the UK on July 17 and in Australia on September 3.

Could this be a case of science meeting fiction once more? I guess it will be a case of wait and see …

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