India’s long journey for helium exploration


The search for helium supply sources is on, but in India this quest takes on a very different perspective as the country throws its support behind space exploration and the possibilities of helium existence on the moon.

Following the success of Chandrayaan-I, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to undertake more space projects, including a manned moon mission, at lesser costs, a top official of the space organisation said.

Cited as one of the main reasons behind the moon mission, is the anticipated large presence of helium.

“One of the major reasons behind the moon mission is the presence of helium there and it may take another 12 to 15 years before the mineral can be brought to earth,” said Chandrayaan-I Project Director M Annadurai.

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