posted on Apr, 26 2012 @ 05:27 PM
I for one am very interested and eager to hear about what this venture has planned for any potential explorations into space. I have always believed
that the future of humankind lies in the vastness of the cosmos, and we will never truly move forward as a species - both technologically and socially
- until we can leave the confines of our home planet.
As for the numerous replies which mention the impracticality of so-called 'space mining', they would be correct. At this point in time we do not
have the technological means to extract ores and minerals from other planetary bodies, but on the same token we once did not have the technology to
travel across oceans to other continents.
The first exploration missions to 'The New World' required vast amounts of capital to finance with initially little promise of return or gain. It
was argued that the exploration of The New World was pointless as they still had many resources in The Old World; nothing was running out. No one knew
if any resources of value could be found in the newly-discovered continents, but after the first few ships that returned brought back samples of
precious metals and gems (mostly stolen from the natives), people with money were eager to invest in further ocean crossings. With further ocean
crossings, the costs of such voyages fell as greater numbers of ships more technologically advanced than the ones before made the once perilous
voyages almost commonplace. And the vast amounts of precious resources that were exported back to The Old World greatly benefited their economies,
increasing the standard of living for many of the people living in those countries.
To me, history has shown that time and time again the discovery of - and the ability to import - resources which are dependent to the stability and
growth of a society are of such a benefit as to usher in a profound change for the better. Unlimited gold for use in electronics, lithium for electric
vehicle batteries that are as cheap and plentiful as Duracells, helium-3 for fusion-produced energy of vast quantity, and perhaps even enough metals
to finally build our first star ship Enterprise in orbit! Okay, maybe that last one was really far-fetched, but the possibilities could very well be
endless if space mining could be pulled off. I'm quite excited about this news!
There will always be naysayers who will roll their eyes at the apparent 'impossibility' of this venture, and those who will balk at the initial
costs of the first baby steps in the creation of this spacebound venture, but I regard these people as the very same who stood on the shore banks and
docks of England and Spain 500 years ago, pointing and laughing at the explorers who were going to sail off of the edge of the world, or groaning at
how much of the ducats and doubloons spent on those ships would have been put to better use raising an army to march on France.
This is our future in the making, and I for one fully support it, and damn be the cost. We humans can do anything, but only if we put our minds
- and our pocketbooks - to it.