Entry No. EC2327-I

The moon has many valuable resources, but helium-3 is the most valuable. It is extremely rare on Earth; due to solar radiation from a lack of a protective atmosphere, the moon has a substantial amount. The value in helium-3 is because it can be used on Earth to create clean nuclear fusion power plant, making fossil fuels obsolete. Lunar regolith would be mined by robots, heated and the helium-3 could be extracted. The reasoning behind having robots mine the moon is because it is cheaper, safer, and more efficient than using humans, although humans still have a part in controlling the robots. There are five different robots, the tailing robot, a surface transporter, a surface miner, a subterranean miner and lastly a subsurface transporter. The tailing robot works in low orbit around the moon clumping together the leftover lunar regolith. The surface miner collects lunar regolith on the crust of the moon. The subterranean miner works within the moon to collect a variety of materials. Both surface and subsurface transporters take resource containers up an infrastructure of pins that serve as the material storage. The pin infrastructure works within a grid system that creates hexagonal sectors with triangular zones within. The resource containers are modular, the top of each pin there is a base where these containers wait for delivery to Earth.

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