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Old 04-19-2012, 06:35 PM
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Mystery company backed by James Cameron and Google executives may be an asteroid mining project | The Verge

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MIT's Technology Review has just gotten news of a mysterious new project that claims it will "create a new industry and a new definition of 'natural resources.'" Space exploration company Planetary Resources will be unveiled in a conference call on Tuesday, April 24th. Besides the audacious announcement, which promises to "overlay two critical sectors — space exploration and natural resources — to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP," what makes this unique is its high-profile support group. The venture is backed by Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, director James Cameron, and politician Ross Perot's son, among others.

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Looking at the evidence, asteroid mining seems pretty likely at this point, especially since X Prize founder and perpetual optimist Peter Diamandis is at the head of the operation. In 2005, Diamandis appeared at TED describing an extraterrestrial environment where "everything we hold of value on this planet — metal and minerals and real estate and energy" are available in "infinite quantities." He specifically singled out asteroid mining, claiming that he could finance mining a "20 trillion dollar" asteroid full of nickel-iron alloy by speculating in the precious metals market.
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This sounds EPIC. I hope it is
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Hehehehe beat ya to it!
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Oh my God, James has been Seduced by the Dark Side of the Force!!
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The point is that asteroids mean less need to look for things on Earth - find an inhabited one and it's a bit different, but nobody has yet
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:38 AM
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I know HNM, I was just joking.
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"Not enough minerals. Mine more minerals..."
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Mining lifeless rocks, now that I can agree with. Go JC!
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2014 launch, 2022 likely for first returns.

Billionaire astro mining venture long on hype and timescale

Government space programmes could learn a few things from them
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Assuming everything goes to plan, which is far from guareenteed.
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2014 launch, 2022 likely for first returns.
Billionaire astro mining venture long on hype and timescale
Government space programmes could learn a few things from them
I will probably be "With Eywa" by then.
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Maybe I can be a space miner.
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:50 PM
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I'm sure that if JC "Hear's a Who?"* he would reconsider
*Dr Seuss reference Horton Hear's a WHO
PS I think it was cute that Toktor Grace said that the Na'vi ayevi also liked the LORAX which is a children's story about Greed.
The Horton Book is about considering even the smallest of life forms as valuable.
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