How are we going to handle the search for resources from outer space? It seems that governments don’t have the answers, and perhaps aren’t ready for the questions, raised by space mining. Abigail Beall journeys into the unknown in this article from Wired.
In the coming decades, the mining of precious minerals in space is likely to have a major impact on the global economy. And existing laws are nowhere near ready for the shift.
Zip into the future for a second. It’s 2035 and Earth’s population has grown dramatically. People are desperate to find alternatives to the dwindling natural resources needed to keep the global economy functioning. We have bled the Earth dry.
Private companies and national space agencies from over the world have been working for years to develop technologies that could allow us to extract minerals from space, and ship them back to Earth where they can be sold.