May 7, 2012

Senior Correspondent – Planetary Resources to Begin Mining Asteroids

Apollo 11 landed on the moon after a multi-stage Saturn V rocket funded by the U.S. government was developed in the midst of a massive, Cold War-era program to achieve the goal. But in 1950, science fiction writer Robert Heinlein envisioned a different kind of space program. In his book, “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” Heinlein wrote about one Delos D. Harriman, a multimillionaire and business wizard, who put together a moon program using his own money and the resources of private companies. Now, with Apollo shut down, NASA crippled for funding and the moon seemingly as distant as it was in Harriman’s day, Heinlein may be getting the last laugh.