Billionaires to fund asteroid mining? MIT's Technology Review published news of a new project that claims it will"create a new industry and a new definition of 'natural resources.'" Space exploration company Planetary Resources will be unveiled in a conference call on Tuesday, April 24th. Besides the audacious announcement, which promises to "overlay two critical sectors — space exploration and natural resources — to add trillions of dollars to the globalGDP," what makes this unique is its high-profile support group. The venture is backed by Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, director James Cameron, and politician Ross Perot's son, among others. Looking forward to hearing the actual scoop..
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- MoonApr 20, 2012
- we as a people better consider that one of these days, all these up and coming countries with their new found wealth who are acquiring weapons of nuclear weapons, will one day push those buttons and the entire world will suffer, then the question will be who has who has not and where will we go?Apr 20, 2012
- I hope they check out Asteroid 2010 SO16. If there was ever a monolith carved in the sheer improbability of an asteroid's orbit, 2010 SO16 is it. Even if it's not hiding something, its a great place to put the far end of a VVLBI set of terahertz digital heterodyne telescopes.
The Moon and Mars are completely boring. is silly for wanting to get a colony on Mars before a self-sufficient space station shielded with an asteroid fragment hull, and that's putting it mildly. I hope that's on his critical path plan and he just says Mars to keep people who don't know it would take at least 800 years to terraform happy.Apr 20, 2012
- Love this. Now let's build an elevator to space.Apr 21, 2012
- It's always lovely to see people doing productive things.Apr 21, 2012
- Though, I think SpaceX has a jump on them. :DApr 21, 2012