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How Wild Should We Let the Solar System Be?

21 May 2019, 12:00 UTC
How Wild Should We Let the Solar System Be? Saul Loeb Getty Images

Space, as Douglas Adams so aptly put it, is big. Compared with the confines of our own planet, the solar system’s expanse is absurdly huge. Yet a recent study suggests that at current growth rates, humanity could practically exhaust the most accessible riches in our stellar neighborhood within less than five centuries.

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