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i hope they name the probes something good, instead of STS-121 or whatever
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i hope they name the probes something good, instead of STS-121 or whatever

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I find myself thinking about the kind of space infrastructure that would be required for space mining. Just think of the expense and lack of support amongst nations for the ISS. Now imagine hundreds of workers, the workers living quarters (shielding, housing, recreation, simulated gravity, food production, ect) smelters, refineries, extractors, storage, and manufacturing facilities, all placed at one of the lagrange points (L1 a little closer then the moon, L2 a little further, L3 4 and 5 at the moons orbit of 380,000ish km) instead of near earth like the ISS at 390km or so.

We're so far away from this I don't think it'll happen in my lifetime. I think we could do it. I just don't think people care, and I don't think private enterprise could start this up without the govt doing the heavy lifting.
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from what i think is possible, i'd say they could start with sending an unmanned probe away to whatever location they want, have it identify and mine a few pounds of the stuff, and then plot a return course to earth. it maybe a huge waste of money considering the actual payoff of the returned minerals, but like stated before, its one for teh books. nasa likes books
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I find myself thinking about the kind of space infrastructure that would be required for space mining. Just think of the expense and lack of support amongst nations for the ISS. Now imagine hundreds of workers, the workers living quarters (shielding, housing, recreation, simulated gravity, food production, ect) smelters, refineries, extractors, storage, and manufacturing facilities, all placed at one of the lagrange points (L1 a little closer then the moon, L2 a little further, L3 4 and 5 at the moons orbit of 380,000ish km) instead of near earth like the ISS at 390km or so.
We're so far away from this I don't think it'll happen in my lifetime. I think we could do it. I just don't think people care, and I don't think private enterprise could start this up without the govt doing the heavy lifting.

See that's the thing. This isn't something supported by the Gov't. It's privatised corporation running to the hills for gold. They'll get their money's worth, as that's the end goal. Gov't have science and exploration as an end goal, not the dollar. This is why I have confidence this will actually work.
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Did somebody say USG Ishimura?
     
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Did somebody say USG Ishimura?

It's the biggest planet cracker in history
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In 100 years time the man who can monetize asteroid mining will be the richest SOB to ever walk the Earth.
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I find myself thinking about the kind of space infrastructure that would be required for space mining. Just think of the expense and lack of support amongst nations for the ISS. Now imagine hundreds of workers, the workers living quarters (shielding, housing, recreation, simulated gravity, food production, ect) smelters, refineries, extractors, storage, and manufacturing facilities, all placed at one of the lagrange points (L1 a little closer then the moon, L2 a little further, L3 4 and 5 at the moons orbit of 380,000ish km) instead of near earth like the ISS at 390km or so.
We're so far away from this I don't think it'll happen in my lifetime. I think we could do it. I just don't think people care, and I don't think private enterprise could start this up without the govt doing the heavy lifting.

Private rockets are cheaper

The bureaucracy adds so much cost to exploration that private companies can outperform them easily. Also, private companies are willing to risk the lives of their astronauts (willingly of course) to get it done faster, cheaper, and easier. If you look at how many people died in the early days of sea travel and flight you can see we have a huge emphasis on safety of the crew comparatively which is slowing us down.
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