Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Friday, January 27, 2006

Asteroid Mining - The Movie

Do you have about seven or eight minutes to spare? Check out this link and watch a short movie about mining asteroids. The video tells the whole story about mining asteroids for minerals, metals and water and explains that mining asteroids is very, very energy efficient, since one does not have to dip into and escape a gravity well to do it! (Be a little patient while it loads.)

It is also very surprising what asteroids hold. Some of them may be burnt out comet cores – so they may be loaded with water – the single most valuable thing for any colonist or community in space.

Take a few minutes and watch this vid – I’ll bet you’ll be happy you did!

POSTCRIPT: Claudia and I are taking off in a few moments to go to Stonebrooke and write. Stonebrooke is hidden deep in the Appalachians and there is no computer access there. So the next update may not be until Wednesday, February 1st. There may be a couple of windows on Saturday and Monday – we’ll see. While there I will be concentrating on ABYSS OF SPACE, the parallel novel to ABYSS OF ELYSIUM. Meanwhile, Claudia will be focusing on the edits for ALYETE – due out in April.

Stonebrooke is the prefect place to write. It is quiet, isolated, beautiful and there is no distractions (ie – no Internet, no television or even a telephone). Lots of words go down on the page easy under those conditions! And it’s a good thing -Aaron Seven is in a BIG fix and I can’t wait to see how he gets out of this one!

Picture Copyright (c) by Robert McCall.