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Colonizing the Moon

Melvin Dummar says a grand conspiracy has denied him his portion of billionaire Howard Hughes' vast estate. Many consider Dummar to be a fraud but an in-depth investigation by Gary Magnesen has apparently shown Dummar to be a good samaritan who saved Hughes from certain death. Both joined George Knapp to discuss why Hughes was in the desert, as well as those who schemed to deny Dummar and several institutions of their rightful share of the Hughes estate. In the first hour, veteran music journalist Joel Selvin talked about the notorious Rolling Stones Altamont concert of 1969, considered by many to be rock’s darkest day.

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Colonizing the Moon

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Date: Sunday - September 25, 2005
Host: Art Bell
Guests: Chip Proser

Chip Proser, director of the documentary Gaia Selene, believes the Earth's future is in danger from climate change and energy crises. He maintains that colonizing the moon has the potential to mitigate these problems.

"We've got to find alternate forms of energy," Proser stated, explaining that all of our earthly resources combined will not be able to provide for the world's energy needs in 50 years. According to Proser, a viable and abundant energy source awaits us on the moon in the form of helium-3. Proser said moon dust, which contains helium-3, could be refined on the moon and brought back to power fusion reactors on Earth. He estimates it would take only 25 tons (one space shuttle full) of helium-3 to power the entire United States for one year.

Proser also envisioned living in lava domes under the surface of the moon, building lunar solar stations that could transmit "clean" power via microwave energy back to Earth, and using space elevators to place people and objects into space.

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