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Resources on Earth are a critical topic in many aspects. In the near future, we will have exploited most of the natural resources and therefore the days of non-renewables such as oil are numbered. Clearly, we need to establish a sustainable environment in our society to keep up with our living standards. One of the options to consider is Space Mining.

Resources in space are infinite and actually right nearby. Asteroids, for instance, are leftover materials from our solar system and reside commonly in the asteroid belt right behind the orbit of Mars. Some of the asteroids are even closer, as their trajectory is crossing the orbit of Earth around the Sun. …


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Why should we focus on exploring space, if we have many problems here on Earth? Why spending billions of dollars, if we could use that money to make our world a better place? These questions are raised when discussing whether we should send humans out into the universe or not. Commonly, the space community would answer as follows:

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“We invent new technologies, which are also beneficial for the use on Earth. Look! NASA invented Teflon for heat shields, space suits and cargo holds. Nowadays, Teflon is still used in everyday human life on Earth.”

(For the record … Teflon was discovered much before NASA was even around — Roy J. …

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