MINE ASTEROIDS - SUPPORT SPACE TOURISM - INDUSTRIALIZE SPACE FOR MANUFACTURING
December 3, 2012
I sent Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson a request to review the content of this website. He requested I provide a shortened, concise version of this site and this is the results of that communication. Thank You Dr. Tyson. I'm starting a movement - perhaps an actual organization - whose goal it is to Save Our Species by promoting the industrialization, colonization, recreational use space and the exploitation of the resources of our Solar System for the ultimate result of saving our species. You and I both know we will become extinct one way or another. We don't need to be concerned about lifting material off earth; everything we need is already off earth. I propose industrializing the Moon and mining asteroids. I know ultimately our own solar system won't survive, but we can't reach out to other solar systems without taming our own! Neil deGrasse Tyson to Greg Dear Greg, Thanks for your shortened note. This is, of course, what NASA's ISRU and COTS movement is all about. What you describe will be a hard sell in the current financial climate. But somebody's got to do it. Good luck. -NDTyson ************************* Neil deGrasse Tyson Department of Astrophysics & Director, Hayden Planetarium American Museum of Natural History Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024 http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/ After this conversation with Dr. Tyson, I discovered there are PLENTY of organizations like the Planetary Society. So there is no need to really start anything new - just need to support the ones that are here. We need to go back to our roots and be the explorers, colonizers, conquerors and yes, exploiters of resources our forefathers were. Space really is the final frontier and we have to look at it with new eyes. We have incredible technologies that are maturing. Near Earth Orbit Asteroids and the Moon have what we need as far as material resources. Just think of OUR SOLAR SYSTEM as a vast treasure trove of wealth to be distributed to each of us. As an example of the economic value of space resources, let's consider the smallest known M-type asteroid, the near-Earth asteroid known as 3554 Amun (two kilometers in diameter): The iron and nickel in Amun have a market value of about $8,000 billion, the cobalt content adds another $6,000 billion, and the platinum-group metals add another $6,000 billion. — John S. Lewis, Mining the Sky.
An asteroid or comet headed for Earth is the only large-scale natural disaster we can prevent. Working together to fund our Shoemaker NEO Grants for astronomers, we can help save the world.