Unless you’ve been trapped underground this week, you’ve probably heard that some billionaires are planning to mine the moon. Well, they are planning to launch a telescope in a few years, and then mine the moon. Probably. You know, in the future. But Larry and Sergey are behind it, so there’s that.
This is exactly the kind of revolution the space industry has needed since the 1970s. Crazy ideas of this scale need wide eyed hopeful billionarres behind them to work.
If it works and they can manage to pull off mining asteroids in the next decade or so, then it’ll be one of the the biggest advancements in the history of mankind.
We should all be excited. Hell, I’m ready to buy asteroid futures.
The co founder of the newly announced company, Planetary Resources, is Dr Peter Diamandis. Peter is probably best known for the Ansari X PRIZE, and the X PRIZE foundation.
Several years ago Peter started a new X PRIZE challenge, the Google Lunar X PRIZE, where all you have to do to win 20 million dollars is land a privately funded spacecraft on the moon, travel 500 Meters, and send back some high definition video. Easy ...