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Space Mining Is Closer Than You Think, And The Prospects Are Great

Space Mining Is Closer Than You Think, And The Prospects Are Great

Not Enough Poisons to Concentrate on Earth?

Let's ship 'em in from space!

AwN | This article is sort of comical, and the author understands that. While asteroid mining is certainly a possibilty it is not likely to happen any time soon. In fact we are more likely to run out of rocket fuel before we ever do any meaningful mining in space. I'm sure some people see this pie in the sky and think, "Hey thats a great idea!" and if it was plausible currently, it may be, but the real demands of the real world will probably not allow this to ever happen, at least in meaningful quantities. 

 

Space Mining Is Closer Than You Think, And The Prospects Are Great

"In this week’s Q&A on the ABC, the American cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson gushed about the prospects of mining in space, and the benefits that might afford humanity.

How about mining an asteroid for natural resources? […] There are more natural resources on asteroids than have ever been mined in the history of the Earth. So in 100 years […] all wars over limited resources are over because we have access to the unlimited resources of our back yard and that new back yard is our solar system.

Is this really plausible? What can we mine in space? And will it really deliver world peace, or just another realm for competition and conflict? Perhaps a look at the immediate past and near future may help us answer some of these questions."

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