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Topic: Asteroid Mining at last

From: Nemo
Location: Australia
Date: 05/09/2012

Finally someone is going to mine asteroids for real, I hope they do hollow out asteroids like Eros when space mining is larger and more profitable.

Re: Asteroid Mining at last

From: Greg Bear
Date: 05/16/2012

Ah, we can dream! Some asteroids will likely not respond well to that sort of hollowing, however. Clumpy and aggregated, not so much a solid, continuous piece of rock!

Re: Asteroid Mining at last

From: sky
Location: texas
Date: 06/06/2012

Are you kidding? We can't even land on one nor stop one! Let alone mine one! Keep it at least a little real! Someday perhaps but not in our lifetime.

Re: Asteroid Mining at last

From: Greg Bear
Date: 02/05/2013

Indeed, stopping one could pose a problem. But landing on one, especially one zipping by at closer than twenty thousand kilometers, may not be so difficult!

I might point out the introduction to Forbidden Planet, one of my favorite movies, tells us that the first moon landing occurred in the final decade of the 21st century. Thirteen years later, we were there. (I blame a severe time warp for not getting to your message earlier, sky--apologies!)

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