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Asteroid mining: Helping to meet Earth's natural resource demands

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Posted: 14/05/22 - 10:17
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"They essentially hold on to the side of the asteroid for dear life as it screams through the solar system."

Mitch Hunter-Scullion is describing a six-legged robot called Scar-e, the Space Capable Asteroid Robotic Explorer, which he aims to send to an asteroid to drill for precious metals such as iron, nickel and platinum.

As well as being increasingly essential for phones, laptops and cars, some metal-rich minerals like platinum will also be needed to help produce hydrogen as we transition to greener energy.

With only a finite supply of them on earth - people are increasingly looking to space to meet this increased demand.

That's where Scar-e comes in. Its powerful claw, designed in partnership with Tohoku University in Japan, should grip on to an asteroid in space to stop it from floating away.

I Call Bull: I very much doubt it in the foreseeable future so I'm calling BULL on them being able to do any sort of meaningful / profitable mining in the next 20 years

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Mining space rocks with unknown bacteria.... What could possibly go wrong?
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Jam tomorrow................ And imagine if mining one of these caused a shift in orbit and one headed towards Earth. Oof!
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I think Milka missed an opportunity for a 'Jam Tomorrow' comment there