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Lecture; Planetary Resources, Space Rocks into Space Resources, with Chris Lewicki

16 Oct 2012, 09:10 UTC
Lecture; Planetary Resources, Space Rocks into Space Resources, with Chris Lewicki
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I had the great pleasure of attending a presentation by Chris Lewicki, President and Chief Engineer of Planetary Resources. He shared the companies vision of mining the resources on Near Earth Asteroids (NEA’s) and utilizing them for furthering humanities exploration, development and even settlement of space as well as using the precious metals extracted back here on Earth.
Asteroids are composed of the materials left over from the formation of the Solar System that didn’t coalesce into planets. They are found throughout the Solar System some pass close to the Sun, others are found out beyond the orbit of Neptune. Most of them have been herded by Jupiter’s gravity into a band between Jupiter and Mars, an area we call the Main Belt. However there are many that instead pass near Earths orbit. In fact around 9000 of these have been discovered to date with almost a thousand more discovered annually.
Many of these can be easily reached from the Earth. And they hold vast quantities of valuable resources.More than 1500 of these asteroids are as easy to reach as the Lunar surface. They are also in orbit around the Sun and have weak gravities making them easier to approach, ...

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