We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:51 PM
What if you could mine the Moon?
Space exploration has long been about reaching far off destinations but now there's a race to exploit new frontiers by mining their minerals.
When Neil Armstrong first stepped on the Moon in 1969, it was part of a "flags and footprints" strategy to beat the Soviets, a triumph of imagination and innovation, not an attempt to extract precious metals.
No-one knew there was water on that dusty, celestial body. What a difference a generation makes.
Mysterious and beautiful, the Moon has been a source of awe and inspiration to mankind for millennia. Now it is the centre of a space race to mine rare minerals to fuel our future - smart phones, space-age solar panels and possibly even a future colony of Earthlings.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” ~ Albert Einstein
Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:45 PM
It may be cheaper, because of the moon's gravity well, to mine a near-earth asteroid.
"But then with me that horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man's mind which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey's mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?" - Charles Darwin, in a letter to William Graham on July 3, 1881