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Mining In Space

by Judith Isidore 4 days ago in space

Since the launch of the first space flight in the world on April 12, 1961, with Soviet citizen Yuri Gagrin on board, the matter has turned into a race in the show of power between Washington and Moscow, and later European countries and China

Mining In Space
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The use of space metals did not begin with human exploration flights, but several centuries before it, after the use of fragments of meteorites falling on Earth in various industries, but the matter constituted a very big leap with spaceflight and the discovery of large quantities of nickel, iron, platinum, cobalt and others sporadically, whether on the moon or On Mars or in small asteroids.

To fully develop with the asteroid "Psyche 16", which is filled with minerals with an initial value of 700 quintillons, or 700 billion dollars, after successfully photographing it from afar, NASA plans to visit this asteroid by 2026, especially after the success of mining on Other planets and scattered areas in space such as the moon.

A quintillon is a single number with 18 zeros next to it, which is a huge number that could make everyone on the planet very rich if it were divided to get everyone $93 billion.

Of course, someone might say that equal fortunes can lead to a complete collapse of the economy of the planet, which in total is about $ 75.5 trillion, which is of course a very small amount compared to the fortunes of the asteroid Psyche 16 and other space asteroids, but on the other hand the success of mining and the transfer of what will Being mined back to Earth can take decades before it is a reality.

While scientists confirm that the asteroid Psyche was actually discovered in 1852 by the Italian astronomer Anibal de Gasparis and was named after the Greek mythological personality Psyche, its exploitation and mining may not be as easy as some imagine, despite the huge economic return expected from it.

Proteins and medicine:

There is a crushing protein crisis on the planet. Animals and birds, which are the main source of protein, feed on plants and green spaces, which in turn are shrinking sharply to meet the population growth need for places on the surface of the earth.

Even with the great development in the field of genetic engineering to speed up the process of plant growth and reduce waste, the crisis continues, for NASA to succeed by exploiting space conditions in the manufacture of high-quality protein powder from water, nutrients, vitamins and carbon dioxide.

It is known that the proportion of carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere is extremely rare, as it, along with various other gases, constitutes less than 1%, and any increase in it poses a real danger to humans.

This is not the case in outer space, as the proportion of this gas in the atmospheres of Venus and Jupiter rises to 95%, and while this was not of any importance earlier, the success of NASA in making real food from it made it take a very amazing shape.

Like protein shakes and yogurt, Solien, a high-protein ingredient with at least 50% of its formula with 5-10% fat and 20-25% carbs, that looks and tastes like wheat flour has been launched into food products since 2021.

The very exciting thing about Solen powder is that it is carbon neutral and completely sustainable sources and the possibilities for its expansion seem unlimited, as it only needs solar energy and carbon dioxide and through carbon capture technology and then the combination of water, nutrients and vitamins will become a complete meal.

The idea began in NASA to provide guaranteed food for astronauts without agricultural restrictions, and scientists confirm that it is possible to develop the idea to provide complete protein in areas that are impossible to grow on the surface of the Earth and suffer from protein deficiency, in addition to the promising development in the pharmaceutical industry through the same method without relying on terrestrial sources to a large extent.

Satellite internet:

The Internet is no longer just a means of entertainment, it has actually entered into all areas of life, from safe shopping for psychological and physical therapy to learning skills, as well as bridging the distances between relatives and friends in different parts of the world to become the necessity and indispensability of it in the third millennium.

With the great reliance on terrestrial and submarine cables, however, the use of space to deliver data and enhance the Internet is achieving a remarkable development, which will make it soon like water and air, that is, almost free at no cost with easy access to all areas of the globe, no matter how remote or mountainous nature Or polar, difficult to lay wires and cables, allowing further exploration of these areas by sending secure missions while ensuring easy access to all the data you get first.

Experts estimate that the global space industry could generate revenues of more than a trillion dollars or more in 2040, which is an increase of 350 billion dollars from the current figure, and the most important investment opportunities ever come from the speed of access to the Internet via satellite.

The demand for data is increasing at an exponential rate, while the cost of access to space is gradually decreasing, whether through the use of missiles that can be launched more than once or by reducing the cost of fuel and others, which will eventually lead to a significant decrease in the cost of Internet access in every region of the world.

This easy access, in the opinion of experts, will cause more dependence on artificial intelligence and dependence on self-driving cars, virtual reality, and others, which will reduce the total cost of all these technologies to become more available to all humans.


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