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Interesting Links for 24-04-2012

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Huh. I can't believe I didn't think of waiting here and waiting for asteriods to come to us... I don't know how plausible it is, but I love living in a world where "asteroid mining company" is in the headlines, after just about giving up on space exploration.

I think it's great - the SpaceX stuff has me convinced that we're entering a world of more affordable, private, space travel.

Yeah, me too.

Lots of stuff out there to go and get and bring back.

Which in turn triggers lots of demand for R&D and infrastructure. Also, opportunities for piggy-backing science onto commerical ventures– I’d be willing to bet a small that asteroid miners find out more about asteroid in a decade than the whole of science has found out in 10,000 years.

I’m also interested in what having access to space-borne rare materials does to geo-politics. Probably puts a ceiling price on the economic blackmail and reduces the incentives for colonialism.

Well, if we can cheaply mine them, and get them back to earth, yes.

If it's even slightly economic then that at least gives us a reason to start building a space elevator :->

(Which will also require all sorts of future-o-tech.)

Exciting time ahead.

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