China possesses stones from moon, Mars
Chinese explorers have found nearly 10,000 stones fallen from space in the Antarctic area, including one from moon and two from Mars, says a scientist.india Updated: Jul 21, 2006 19:41 IST
Though China is yet to send a spacecraft to the moon and the Mars, it has got three stones from the two celestial bodies, a Chinese scientist claimed on Friday.
"Chinese explorers found nearly 10,000 stones fallen from space in the Antarctic area, including one from the moon and two from the Mars," a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ouyang Ziyuan, said at the ongoing 36th Committee on Space Research Scientific Assembly.
China has not sent any spacecraft to moon or Mars to date.
Ziyuan said humanity has obtained a total of 26 stones that have fallen from the moon's soil in the past. In addition, astronauts have taken back samples of moon in the previous moon landings.
He also said that Helium 3 exploited from the moon could be used for fusion reaction to produce non-ending electricity, Xinhua news agency reported. Helium 3, he said, could replace tritium, which is indispensable for fusion reaction.
There are about one to five million tonnes of Helium 3 reserves in the moon soil, he said.