“One of the major concerns with asteroid mining is, of course, getting to the asteroids.”

We could be mining asteroids within the next decade

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Thu, Mar 16th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Noting that the future of humanity — and colonising the solar system — will depend on mining asteroids, this article on Futurism explains what governments and private companies are doing in order to make this a reality. Above, a video by Isaac Arthur explaining space elevators.

As Planetary Resources CEO Chris Lewicki asserts, “Whether it’s the air we breathe, the water we drink, the materials that we build things with, or ultimately, of course, the food that we eat…all of these things are available to us on this planet, but when we head into space, we have to bring all of it with us. That of course, isn’t very scalable.” And to that end, NASA states that, in the 21st century, space exploration will be reliant upon what we can mine in the cosmos: “The metals and minerals found on asteroids will provide the raw materials for space structures, and comets will become the watering holes and gas stations for interplanetary spacecraft.”

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