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asteroid mining for fun and profit 
17th-May-2012 01:37 pm
http://asterank.com/

Asteroid mining has been in the news recently. Companies like Planetary Resources are an exciting take on the commercial viability of space industry. But how realistic are the trillion dollar estimates? How much would it cost to mine an object millions of miles away?

We've collected, computed, or inferred important data points such as asteroid mass and composition using scraped data from multiple scientific sources. With this information, we estimate the costs and rewards of mining rocks in space.
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17th-May-2012 08:56 pm (UTC)
scraped data??? I want clean data, not some crappy scraped up data found under a rock on some asteroid ... : )

but seriously isn't it a sign of our rapaciousness that after we use up the world we cant wait to rush out into space and dig out some more rocks? I expect we will not have the resources to make asteroid-mining a viable alternative, regardless of all the sci-fi dreams we may have. I just dont think it's going to happen.
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