Asteroid mining will create a trillion-dollar industry
January 16, 2013 at 1:01 am
Larger version of the picture anywhere? Please?
January 22, 2013 at 2:49 am
Push 'ctrl' and '+' keys to zoom in and help a little.
January 22, 2013 at 2:53 am
an even bigger waste of money..what these eggheads sem to ignore is what a sudden tonnage of metals will do to the value of that metal causing the expected payoff to fall way short.
January 22, 2013 at 3:03 am
Ricky they already know figured that into the equations. These guys didn't become billionaires by being eggheads haha
January 22, 2013 at 3:11 am
Ricky Weinberg Also, even if gold and platinum and copper became as popular as iron...there would still be a market that would make them filthy rich most likely. Or they could set up a fuel depot at the L2 point and sell it to NASA or private/commercial space companies or even other countries like China and Russia that plan on building Lunar outposts within 10 years. Oh...and people thought Apollo stunt was a waste of money and look at everything it brought.
January 22, 2013 at 3:13 am
Ricky Weinberg Water is currently anywhere from $3000-20000 a kg so even selling water to the Space Station at a reduced price would benefit both parties. Try not to be so pessimistic
April 14, 2013 at 3:48 am
Chris Benson , do you know if Sweden is for or against asteroid mining? (you seem very informed on this topic, which is why I asked you)
January 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm
money is s that all they think about? corperations are gonna be the cause of our destruction
January 15, 2013 at 10:48 pm
I understand your point, however, in order for them to built more machines, explore further, they need money. Mining these type of asteroids will massively help them grow exponentially since the revenue is huge.
January 22, 2013 at 3:01 am
Earth and even our solar system is infinitesimally small relative to the Universe. Your comment is the equivalent of saying your footprint in the mud is gonna be the cause of our destruction. Not only that, but if an asteroid hits us that is 1km or bigger (very small in asteroid sizes and called 'planet killers'), humans and life as we know it get killed most likely. Trust me, this is better for humanity in many ways.
January 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm
Looks interesting, but am I blind or there's no large sized infographic?
August 20, 2012 at 3:47 am
Right now, automakers in Detroit are offering engineers coming straight out of school 80-100k/year. If the people who move our asses across the ground are having that much trouble finding engineers to devise capable machinery, what are the chances for expanding space travel?
I'm all for more space travel, as it was the space race that birthed the last great batch of engineers. Unless Americans can learn to put in the work it takes to learn higher math, this new wave of space travel is going to be driven by either foreign talent recruited to the US, or more likely, by other countries as foreign universities kick out more graduates and eventually begin draining educated human resources from the US.
January 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm
People who want to go to space are much more devoted to the grand calling. I want to beg to be part of this endeavor and don't mind working for peanuts as starters just to get it off the ground.
I can kinda only partially agree. Yes, other countries focus a lot more on the hard sciences than America does, but even with that, the majority of the innovation is still comes out of America. Regardless of what country is the first to push into space, I think at the very least, America will always have a big hand in it.
August 27, 2012 at 6:27 am
Interesting one...... now I able to do my works on space!
Charl Van Der Merwe:
June 29, 2012 at 1:01 pm
Can we start using stargates soon please.
Roshan Kaucha Magar:
July 26, 2012 at 7:54 am
Interesting...now we are soon doing businees in space...wow.
July 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm
This really very interesting emerging business.
January 16, 2013 at 5:51 am
Is there a hires version? My eyes bleed reading this small font...
January 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm
See this one: http://www.mining.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/infographic-why-asteroid-mining-can-create-a-trillion-dollar-industry.jpg
January 16, 2013 at 5:45 pm
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January 23, 2013 at 1:19 pm
The infograph has been moved to this URL: