The Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) is reportedly planning to help India meet its energy needs from the Moon by 2030.
According to a report in Live Mint, ISRO plans to mine Helium-3 rich lunar dust, generate energy and transport it back to Earth.
In February this year, ISRO professor Dr Sivathanu Pillai had revealed the space agency’s lunar dust mine plans saying it was a priority programme for his organisation.
India’s lunar dust mine plan becomes significant in view of the fact that it intends to cut down import dependence in hydrocarbons by 10 percentage points by 2022.
If ISRO succeeds in its lunar dust mine plan then will help the country in reducing both pollutants as well as fuel imports.
As on today, India imports around 80 per cent of its oil and 18 per cent of its natural gas requirements.