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Offline Europan Ocean

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Mining Mercury?
« on: 06/04/2014 13:45:09 »
Mercury looks ripe for mining. Rich in Iron and minerals, close to a great source of energy. Rich in Helium 3. Using rockets a miner probe could be stationed stationary in space, fall to Mercury, and slow using the solar winds and a wing. Mine on solar power and rise with a load from solar winds and a wing. Guided by computers and remote control.



 

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Re: Mining Mercury?
« Reply #1 on: 06/04/2014 13:59:07 »
Have you seen the price of space travel?
 

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Re: Mining Mercury?
« Reply #2 on: 06/04/2014 14:12:43 »
Yes, that is why I mentioned solar winds as alternate to rocket fuels.
 

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Re: Mining Mercury?
« Reply #3 on: 06/04/2014 17:05:18 »
Personally I believe that what is in space should be left in space, and what is on Earth should be left on Earth. 

Mining our moon for example, it would be far cheaper to build and launch satellites and space station components from the Moon than Earth, but it may be prohibitively expensive to mine for other materials only to send them to Earth.  Even if humans move beyond our own planet, why should our goals be to strip-mine the solar system?

It may, in fact, also be more difficult to travel to and from Mercury than some of the dwarf planets such as Ceres or Vesta.
 

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