# Mining Asteroids

1. ### caumaan

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I don't know if this is the correct section or not, but I'll let hosts and mentors decide that.

My question comes as a result of hearing a number of things floating around as to the possibility of mining asteroids for materiasl valuable to space colonies.

Do many asteroids contain materials useful to civilization in abundance, and could they be mined practically and safely?

2. ### enigma

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Staff Emeritus
Very much yes. A single largish (~1km diameter) metallic asteroid has metals worth more than the Gross Domestic Product of the world for hundreds of years.

Very much no. Space is the more inhospitable than anything you could think of. Any mistakes or mishaps (which tend to happen from time to time in mining... like almost everyday...) are almost guaranteed to be fatal, perhaps even for the entire crew.

Then there is the minor problem of getting the metals out of their orbit and into ours (or wherever you're planning on moving them to).

3. ### caumaan

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I don't suppose robotics would have any more application here than in current mines, would they?

4. ### enigma

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Staff Emeritus
I'm sure they would. Automation is a huge engineering project, though.

Robots also wear out. It's not as dire if one of them breaks, but it would still kill the mission.

When terrestrial mining equipment breaks down, you call a mechanic. If an asteroid miner breaks down, it's a two year wait until a replacement can be sent (assuming you had one ready to go).

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13. ### DarkAnt

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Great idea, now all I need is my spaceship...