Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Fusion breakthrough announced, Obama reacts swiftly

Left: Obama's technology advisor touts "green" infrastructure

January 30, 2010 (LPAC)—Scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the large laser fusion experiment at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have successfully delivered an historic level of laser energy, more than 1 megajoule, to a target in a few billionths of a second and demonstrated the target drive conditions required to achieve fusion ignition, Lawrence Livermore reported yesterday.

Former Apollo astronaut and geologist Harrison Schmitt described the decision to cancel a return to the Moon as "a colossal mistake." In addition to the fact that studying the Moon advances our understanding of the history of the Earth and Solar System, development of the helium-3 resources on the Moon will be the fuel for thermonuclear fusion power, Schmitt states.