The universe is full of surprises and the journey to get out there is compelling as what we expect to find.
Planetary Resources, backed by high net worth individuals; including start-up gods and a master of cinematic fiction, (the Guardian: Tech tycoons in asteroid mining venture) seems to have successfully handed the hat around to fill part of its war chest for the ultimate, and coolest, space venture since the launch and management of massive satellite fleets and government sponsored exploratory missions.
This is an expensive and risky space investment, and highlights an improvement on how space is becoming more accessible to the average investor. For decades space has been the domain of governments and aerospace contractors. Now, the super rich have banded together at a time when capitalism (controlled for too long by powers that were not obviously capitalist at heart) is under the microscope, and their goals, among many, is to send up a telescope to scour local asteroids for valuable metals and water.
Enter the age of Space Capitalism.
Water in space may be easy to utilise, but extracting precious metals and then conveniently presenting them to the market (without triggering plummeting prices) will be a master-stroke of the 21st Century which will truly open up the Third Millennium to space exploration.
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