Asteroid mining may sound like a far future technology or science fiction. However, according to the people at Planetary Resources, they believe we will soon be able to mine near Earth approaching asteroids for water and minerals. According to the Planetary Resources website there are at least 9000 near Earth asteroids presently and 1000 more being discovered every year. Exponential growth in technology and innovation could make astroid mining very likely in the near future.
You may recognize a few of the names associated with Planetary Resources. They have some big players in the technology and innovation fields including: Eric Anderson, Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., James Cameron, Larry Page and many more.
The most exciting aspect of mining asteroids is the ability to mine, manufacture and engineer all on site. That would be the most efficient way to produce raw materials into usable products. These materials could stay localized on or near the asteroid and could be picked up and used by passing deep space travelers. Imagine turning an asteroid into a space station using only materials found on the asteroid! Now that is the future!
Planetary Resources mission statement:
[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B000BY2DJQ” locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414WX1XmhSL._SL75_.jpg” width=”75″] “Planetary Resources mission is clear: apply commercial, innovative techniques to explore space. We will develop low-cost robotic spacecraft to explore the thousands of resource-rich asteroids within our reach. We will learn everything we can about them, then develop the most efficient capabilities to deliver these resources directly to both space-based and terrestrial customers. Asteroid mining may sound like fiction, but it’s just science.”
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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B001KPKMKW” locale=”us” height=”57″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31j0MqZQo1L._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]The mining of near Earth asteroids could allow humanity to literally create an “interplanetary highway”. This interplanetary highway could allow humans to travel into deep space in a relative comfort. If we can mine asteroids as we move into deep space we may eventually see the first deep space biosphere spaceship. A brave group of biological humans could actually leave the Earth and never return using natural resources found in space.
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