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Monday, April 23, 2012

How might asteroid mining work?

Asteroids have provided much of the earth's precious metals. In fact, most of the metals we mine today originally came from asteroids hitting the earth in its early days. But near earth asteroids provide the best opportunity for mining, because they are closer to reach. Collecting material could be as simple as using a magnetic rake to scrape up valuable material, which would then then processed and returned back to earth.

In 2012, Asteroid 18412 was named in honour of Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, an Australian Science Broadcaster and author. He discusses the possibility of asteroid mining in this morning boradcast in Australia.

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