Lunar hydrogen and other volatilesThe occurrence of solar wind implanted volatiles in the lunar regolith may provide resources to support a lunar settlement and fusion energy on earth in the 21st century. These volatiles include H, He, N, and C which are enriched in the finest fraction of the moon's comminuted regolith. These volatiles may be extracted by heating the soil. At 700 C near quantitative release of hydrogen and helium will occur, and approximately 20-30 percent of the N and C will corelease. It is estimated that per tonne of He-3 extracted from the lunar regolith at this temperature that 6300 tonnes H, 700 tonnes N, and 1600 tonnes C (as CO and CO2) will be released.
Jordan, J. L. (Lamar University Beaumont, TX, United States)