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post #11 of 74
this kind of worries me, because i assume that they would move the asteroid into orbit with the earth which means there is always a potential to screw up and cause an impact.
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With the cost associated with taking material into orbit, and the care needed to bring stuff down again, I would think any asteroid mining would strictly be limited to providing resources for building stuff in space. It's probably waaaay cheaper to just mine your iron from the earth then it would be to go looking for it in space

I wonder what sort of insurance a space company that plans to boost an asteroid into stable orbit for exploitation would have to get. Imagine if some moron in the crew forgot to convert from imperial to metric and precipitated a Tunguska event on new york or some other heavily populated area.
post #13 of 74
if the asteroid was so big as to cause an impact of a magnitude large enough to do serious damage, we probably dont have anything close to efficient means of moving it. that better be one valuable asteroid.

that goes without even delving into possible tidal, and thus ocean current and weather impacts having a mass that large and that close to earth might cause. plus possible lunar impact

if the mass was small enough, we might be able to have it orbit the moon. but there would definitely be implication in that regard as well.
    
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I'm going to pose this question to those reading this thread.

How can we possibly survive and colonize space if we don't even have the capacity to reach another planet quickly and reliably?

I think we have a few more obstacles to overcome before we can start mass-mining asteroids in space.
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even if we had the tech to do something like colonize another planet, i dont think we should even think about moving to other planets before we learn how to live on this one (and thus others) in a manner that doesnt destroy it. what gives us the right to just move to some random planet that can apparently sustain us. this means we'll be moving in on the native flora and fauna and destroying it to make way for ourselves. rolleyes.gif
    
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nvr mind...

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Edited by thenailedone - 4/19/12 at 7:34pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by banded1 View Post

IMO the two things we need to survive as a species are
1: finding how to live WITH the planet, not force it to conform to our needs.
2: not kill each other
what your suggesting are just wants, not needs wink.gif

And stop hunting endangered species to extinction
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Do you people even know how we would do this? Do you guys think we can actually move an asteroid near earth for mining?
This would change everything, this would create the next industrial revolution, this will revitalize the era of space.
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I was just thinking about this yesterday...

If Mars was inhibital.. Like a 2nd earth.. We would have already developed space travel.. And I mean syfy level space travel.. Forget that bs NASA stuff.. And the whole planet would already be colonized.. Its just no one sees a reason/profit in space technology.. So no one bothers.. Just wait until the invasion waves come.. They will regret it..

Has anyone noticed an increase in the amount of movies where aliens try to take over the world?? Anyone think its the goverment secretly trying to warn us that the end is near and we cant stop them?? Or the aliens feeling bad and trying to give us a heads up?
Edited by JMattes - 4/19/12 at 8:02pm
post #20 of 74
The best way to colonize space is to mine the moon and the slingshot materials into earth orbit for orbital space colonies. Thats the main idea anyway.

Trust me i've looked into this.

I'm a member of the national space society tongue.gif but that means nothing...anyone can donate.
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