Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Popular Mechanics article on mining space

Tapping the Riches of Space is another good article about the possibility of mining asteroids. 

It concludes with this provocative thought:

We’re not going to be able to reach beyond the International Space Station and sustain human explorers on the moon or Mars unless we start "living off the land" in space. If we can’t shoulder the risk of developing off-planet energy, water, and structural materials, high costs will forever chain us to Earth. The risks of tapping space resources are real, but the payoff is huge—nothing less than an economic boom between Earth and moon, and the means to put robot and astronaut explorers to work unraveling the mysteries of our solar system.

Hat tip: Instapundit

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