In the new film Moon, working on the lunar surface is an unglamourous affair.

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In the new film Moon, working on the lunar surface is an unglamourous affair.

Sam Bell, played by Sam Rockwell, toils alone in a stark-white base, working as a glorified handyman for Lunar Industries, an ominously glossy corporation that extracts helium-3 from the lunar surface to fuel fusion reactors back on Earth.

In this vision of the future, helium-3 supplies the majority of the world’s energy needs, a scenario that is not entirely outlandish, as some suspect the moon contains a wealth of the material (see The mine on the moon). While the cost of retrieving the material may be prohibitive, in the world of Moon, Lunar Industries has found a way to make a profit, using mostly autonomous, regolith-munching machines.

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Written by Juraj Bednár //