New Asteroid Mining Company May Solve World's Economic Problems

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This Tuesday, a group of billionaires and former NASA scientists will announce Planetary Resources Inc., the first asteroid mining company in history. They claim they will "add trillions of dollars to the global GDP" and "help ensure humanity's prosperity."

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The group of investors and scientists on board this enterprise is impressive:

...including Google's Larry Page & Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.; film maker & explorer James Cameron; Chairman of Intentional Software Corporation and Microsoft's former Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.; Founder of Sherpalo and Google Board of Directors founding member K. Ram Shriram; and Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group Ross Perot, Jr.

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Harnessing the resources of asteroids is not a crazy proposition and the return of investment could be amazing. So much that they are convinced they can "add trillions of dollars to the global GDP." More importantly, this may solve many of our material needs as resources on Earth keep dwindling fast.

But is it doable? There are no details yet, but if they are going to invest millions of dollars on it, you can be sure it is doable and it will be profitable. They don't have to travel to the asteroid belt to grab them. There are many passing near Earth that may be accessible. In fact, there are already plenty of plans on scientists and engineers' drafting boards.

Needless to say, and despite the fact that it will probably take some years to achieve their goals, this is all extremely exciting. If they are successful, it will truly be a new dawn for humanity.

We will be covering the press conference live, which will feature Charles Simonyi, Planetary Resources, Investor; Eric Anderson, Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources; Peter H. Diamandis, M.D., Co-Founder & Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources; Chris Lewicki, President & Chief Engineer, Planetary Resources; Tom Jones, Ph.D., Planetary Scientist, Veteran NASA Astronaut & Planetary Resources, Inc. Advisor.

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It will be held in the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30am PDT.

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reckless1966
Reckless1966

I am soooooooooooo excited about this. I mean....I have the same weird feeling I did when they cloned Dolly the sheep. I'd grown up reading stories about clones, but hearing from science "ain't gonna happen in mammals" for decades...then suddenly, "BOOM!" , cloned sheep. This is the same kind of thing. I had always dreamed of us doing more in space, but had thought something like this wouldn't be happening until I was collecting social security checks (at least). And now, BOOM! SPACE MINERS!!!!!

That being said, this quote, "But is it doable? There are no details yet, but if they are going to invest millions of dollars on it, you can be sure it is doable and it will be profitable, " is way off the mark. I really, really hope this works out and is profitable too. But it's not a foregone conclusion it will even be successful much less profitable just because impressive business people and scientists are involved. Having heavy hitters like the people involved here certainly gives the best chance for success, but it doesn't in any way guarantee it.

But then again, SPACE MINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY FUCK! HEHEHEHEHE

I'm so damn excited!