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PWSP 2.0 - COLONIZATION - Even Forbes.com is speaking about commercially mining the solar system

6 May 2013, 02:31 UTC
PWSP 2.0  - COLONIZATION - Even Forbes.com is speaking about commercially mining the solar system
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Beyond Earth's Atmosphere: Energy Needs For Space Colonization

by James Conca, Contributor

COURTESY WWW.FORBES.COM

We are going to return to the Moon. No question. And long-term human settlement will follow at some point, mainly to develop
mineral and energy resources available on the Moon, but also to emplace
protective systems aimed at avoiding large asteroid impacts of the type
we were all recently made aware with that grazing meteor strike in Chelyabinsk and the simultaneous near-miss by big-rock DA14.

Growing shortages of key inorganic elements, such as rare earth
elements for all our electronic gadgets and renewable energy systems,
platinum and other related metals, and even helium for medical equipment
(yes, and balloons!), suggest that we may need more non-renwable
resources than Earth can provide (He shortage; REE shortage).

So it is with perfect timing that a long-awaited Special Publication from the Energy Minerals Division of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists has been published. And it has to do with outer space – AAPG Memoir 101: Energy Resources for Human Settlement in the Solar System and Earth’s Future in Space (full disclosure, I am ...

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