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  •  Never thought about it. It could be (0+ / 0-)

    a bad thing - but an article I just looked at said there are other sources in the solar system.... I always have hope.  We have to get past the stoopid sometimes, and there are those people who pay no attention to the antics of the populace, just put their heads down and go to work.

    -7.38/-6.05 If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to be a terrible warning. Anon.

    by Merry Light on Tue Aug 24, 2010 at 09:03:40 PM PDT

    •  Yeah, except that it takes (0+ / 0-)

      about $10,000 to get a kilogram of payload just to orbit.  It's essentially impossible to mine helium from Jupiter's atmosphere any time in the foreseeable future.  Should we squander it, our descendants will be liquefying it from our atmosphere.  Unfortunately, it's there in only extremely small quantities.

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