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Space mining law, Rosetta's top 3 finds, and monitoring wildfires from space...

24 Nov 2015, 08:19 UTC
Space mining law, Rosetta's top 3 finds, and monitoring wildfires from space...
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Three things Rosetta taught us - and three mysteriesThe Rosetta space probe has shown us a lot about comets during its time at comet 67-P... but what are it's top three?Unregulated space miningAlthough the idea of mining the Moon or asteroids has been around for, well, as long as I've been alive and then some, the hurdles to making it happen (and profitable) have always been two fold: The technology, and the legality of it. While the tech is coming along, this is the first time I've heard of a big stride being made on the legal front - a US law is waiting to be signed into law by President Obama (the U.S. commercial space launch competitiveness act) that puts limits on the regulation needed for both private space flight and in-space mining, to encourage growth.Above: A sample from an asteroid, etched and polished to show the pattern of iron crystals within.Support a space mission that could save lives:Fire sat is a kickstarter project for a constellation of heat sensing satellites that would monitor the world in real time for sudden increases in temperature. As our world warms the risk of wildfires will increase - and monitoring temperature flare ...

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