Mining asteroids could unlock untold wealth – here’s how to get started!
The Conversation May 2 2018
Amanda Jane Hughes
Post-Doctoral Researcher of Astrophysics, Liverpool John Moores University
Several privately funded space companies are locked in a race to claim the trillions of pounds worth of precious metals thought to exist in asteroids. The UK has now entered the race, with the Asteroid Mining Corporation becoming the first of these new firms in the country.
In theory, the business case speaks for itself – the incredible expense of space missions would be more than compensated for. But how do you actually go about mining an asteroid? How do you pick one to mine? These are some of the questions I’ve been pondering while carrying out a feasibility study for the corporation.
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