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Asteroid-Mining Project Aims for Deep-Space Colonies

by Mike Wall, SPACE.com Senior Writer
Date: 22 January 2013 Time: 12:01 AM ET

A new asteroid-mining company launched Tuesday with the goal of helping humanity expand across the solar system by tapping the vast riches of space rocks.

The new firm, called Deep Space Industries, Inc., announced today (Jan. 22) that it plans to launch a fleet of prospecting spacecraft in 2015, then begin harvesting metals and water from near-Earth asteroids within a decade or so. Such work could make it possible to build and refuel spacecraft far above our planet's surface, thus helping our species get a foothold in the final frontier.

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Colonization a little premature, perhaps.

Looks like the scut work is going to be done by robots. On the other hand, if they are looking for on site personnel, sign me up!

& bumbye, "colony" is fightin' words. Di'n' we once throw off colonial control?

Settlements, however, nascent free communities even, sounds about right, so again, sign me up!

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I'm afraid that the first

inhabited sites will be company owned and company controlled. That would mean that the people working there would have to pay for everything, food, water, air, etc. That would be the case for many years, until the "colony" became self sufficient. After that then it would require another revolution by the people to throw off the dictatorial hands of the companies. Then there would again be true freedom for a while!

We need

more companies willing to move to space!
I've seen some comments that we need to get everything on Earth done before we even look at the planets and stars. That is a rather unrealistic view in my opinion. There are many resources in space that can ease the burden on the planet, also we need to move out of the nest in case something happens to wipe the planet clean.