NASA Technical Report, 2005: "Beyond Mars, the belt asteroids have been calculated to contain enough materials for habitat and life to support 10 quadrillion people." http://archive.today/UpB1m (http://goo.gl/oSZZvU or http://ntrs.nasa.gov/search.jsp?R=20050092385).

People who think #PostScarcity is impossible, or if they think there are enough resources on Earth (if their views are limited to Earth), they have not grasped the magnitude of our incredibly resource-rich universe. The belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter are one example of abundant matter in our solar system. The universe is much bigger than our solar system.

Unfortunately in year 2014 technology is scarce. It is difficult to reach beyond Earth then efficiently harvest the bounty of Space. We need more sophisticated  technology to truly grasp the limitless wealth of our universe. There is a scarcity of ultra-sophisticated technology, it is so scarce it has not yet been invented in the year 2014. Thankfully by 2045 at the latest we will have gained the requisite technology. It is likely rudimentary asteroid mining will start sometime in 2020s but the technology will only mature sometime close to 2045.

This limitless wealth, in the not too distant future, could be an incentive to implement #basicincome in the year 2014. The point being we are approaching Post-Scarcity therefore there is less need to cling to wealth.

Estimates vary but generally people agree there are around 100 to 200 billion galaxies in the universe. Space.com wrote: "Estimating how many galaxies are throughout the universe is a tougher job, however. Sheer numbers is one problem — once the count gets into the billions, it takes a while to do the addition. Another problem is the limitation of our instruments." http://www.space.com/25303-how-many-galaxies-are-in-the-universe.html

In our galaxy, the Milky Way, there could be 400 billion stars and 100 billion planets, according to Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way

Huffington Post wrote: "If the Milky Way has a total mass of 2.5 trillion solar masses and 10 percent of this total is in stars, then we have about 1 trillion individual stars!"  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-sten-odenwald/number-of-stars-in-the-milky-way_b_4976030.html

NBC News states there are 8.8 billion habitable Earth-size planets in the Milky Way: "Astronomers using NASA data have calculated for the first time that in our galaxy alone, there are at least 8.8 billion stars with Earth-size planets in the habitable temperature zone." http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/8-8-billion-habitable-earth-size-planets-exist-milky-way-f8C11529186

New Scientist wrote: "Our galaxy is brimming with small solar system lookalikes. More than 300 planetary systems reminiscent of our own have been found in data collected by NASA's premiere planet-hunter, the Kepler space telescope. The discoveries add to the unexpected diversity of exoplanets that exist in the Milky Way." http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25119-hundreds-of-mini-solar-systems-found-in-the-milky-way.html

TIME wrote: "According to the new analysis, a whopping 22% of sunlike stars have planets more or less the size of Earth in their habitable zones. That adds up to about 20 billion Earths in our galaxy alone, says lead author Erik Petigura, of the University of California, Berkeley." http://science.time.com/2013/11/04/so-much-for-earth-being-special-there-could-be-20-billion-just-like-it/

IN OUR GALAXY, but how many galaxies are there?

Space.com states there are between 100 and 200 billion galaxies: "All in all, Hubble reveals an estimated 100 billion galaxies in the universe or so, but this number is likely to increase to about 200 billion as telescope technology in space improves, Livio said." http://www.space.com/25303-how-many-galaxies-are-in-the-universe.html

One German supercomputer has estimated there could be 500 billion galaxies. Universe Today wrote, in May 2009: "A recent German supercomputer simulation put that number even higher: 500 billion. In other words, there could be a galaxy out there for every star in the Milky Way." http://www.universetoday.com/30305/how-many-galaxies-in-the-universe/ see also: http://rt.com/news/goldilocks-galaxy-billions-planets-241/

10 QUADRILLION

How much is one quadrillion? One quadrillion is one million billion. The global population of Earth in 2014 is less than eight billion. Eight billion is a lot, one million billion is a lot more, and ten million billion is a very large amount. This is what is possible only in one part of our solar system, the asteroid belt.

WATER IN SPACE

A few people have asked about water resources in Space. Planetary Resources answers this question. Here is a quote:

"A 500 meter diameter water rich asteroid has $50B (billion) worth of water deliverable to a deep space fuel depot, even if one makes the conservative assumptions that: 1) only 1% of the water is extracted; 2) half of each load of water is consumed en route for propulsion; and 3) the success of commercial spaceflight causes the cost of Earth-originating launches to drop by a factor of 100. Of course, less conservative assumptions would raise the value of the asteroid to many trillions, or even tens of trillions, of dollars." http://www.planetaryresources.com/asteroids/usage/ http://archive.today/PPX6J

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asteroid_belt

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