I love this kind of shit. Ask anyone, and they will tell you that I am always carrying on about this exact thing… Well finally it is here, some serious people are taking some serious steps to do exactly what we should have done for ages, and that is mining asteriods. Let’s be honest, there should be no sentiment involved here. Asteriods are hunks of metal and rock floating through space that have for millions of years been the building blocks of planets and as a by product perhaps, life. Well why not then use these resources to take humans into deep space?
The BBC reports:
Details have been emerging of the plan by billionaire entrepreneurs to mine asteroids for their resources.
The multi-million-dollar plan would use robotic spacecraft to squeeze chemical components of fuel and minerals such as platinum and gold out of the rocks.
The founders include film director and explorer James Cameron as well as Google’s chief executive Larry Page and its executive chairman Eric Schmidt.
They even aim to create a fuel depot in space by 2020.
The benefit is two fold. Firstly we would cut our reliance on earth bound fuels and resources, and secondly we would create an economy surrounding something other than space tourism. I wholeheartedly support this idea and only wish I could be more involved. My involvement will have to be in the ‘cheerleading’ capacity, but let me tell you, if I ever could get more involved than that I would!
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