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    Default Asteroid Mining is the Wave of the Future

    http://gizmodo.com/5904081/new-aster...worlds-economy

    I suppose someone will find a reason to protest this too.
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    What kind of energies do asteroids contain, and what can these energies when harnessed do?

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    Sounds cool mal

    Quote Originally Posted by RaptorWizard View Post
    What kind of energies do asteroids contain, and what can these energies when harnessed do?
    They contain minerals like iron etc. There is expected to be a "minerals crisis" similar to the energy crisis in less than 200 years. Only renewables won't be an option : ) )
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    This is very cool.

    They are making their big announcement of Planetary Resources Inc. at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. I thought this would be a nice prelude to the Space Elevator Conference, but it turns out I misread the date of the ISEC. It will be in August, not April.

    At least, if the government isn't stepping up for space research, private industry is. Maybe better anyways.

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    Haha, thats so great, i have a mental imagine of bigwigs in suits floating round space with enlarged...butterfly nets.
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    This is very exciting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelenOfTroy View Post
    Haha, thats so great, i have a mental imagine of bigwigs in suits floating round space with enlarged...butterfly nets.
    Well, I'm sure they won't go about it half-cocked.
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    How do I become an asteroid miner?

    Also, does this mean I should pull my (non existent) investments from metals? If they're going to flood the market with them, then they're not going to be worth much anymore...

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    Phew. I hope they don't realize that the asteroid belt is where Cameron stocked all of his Unobtanium bars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    Phew. I hope they don't realize that the asteroid belt is where Cameron stocked all of his Unobtanium bars.
    Asteroids are mostly made of iron. And since the Earth has enough iron in it to last us millions of years, it's fairly obvious that these billionaires are mining for precious metals.

    My other mechanic, who is apparently an ENTP, has been joking about unobtanium for at least 20 years. So I was disappointed to see that unoriginal term used not as a joke in a serious motion picture. But then the entire movie was unoriginal, and kind of a joke in its own right, so it wasn't a real surprise.
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