15May2017

China Announces Plans To Create A ‘Base’ On An Asteroid

In the hopes of directly competing with US space agencies, China has announced plans to build a base on an asteroid where it will mine the space rock for precious metals Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4491410/China-announces-plans-create-base-asteroid.html#ixzz4h7P50YsA Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

In the hopes of directly competing with US space agencies, China has announced plans to build a base on an asteroid where it will mine the space rock for precious metals

China has announced plans to build a base on an asteroid where it will mine the space rock for precious metals. that China plans to send robots or astronauts to mine asteroids and transport the resources back to Earth.

Ye Peijian, a space scientist and political advisor at the China Academy of Space Technology said although he did not put a timeline on the mission, he said it will be ‘in the near future.’ In the hopes of directly competing with US space agencies, China has announced plans to build a base on an asteroid where it will mine the space rock for precious metals

Mr Peijian explained the plans at an ‘asteroid exploration forum’, according to China Daily. He said: ‘In the near future, we will study ways to send robots or astronauts to mine suitable asteroids and transport the resources back to Earth. In the long term, we will consider using resources from asteroids to build facilities in space or to provide materials to support interstellar travel.’

‘In addition, some asteroids can be used as bases for interstellar exploration. ‘We can land an unmanned probe on it, and the probe will travel with the asteroid to deep space. ‘When it reaches a certain point, we will activate the probe, which will leave the asteroid to execute its scientific mission.

In January, Nasa announced plans to find 16 Psyche, one of the most mysterious objects in our solar system

In January, Nasa announced plans to find 16 Psyche, one of the most mysterious objects in our solar system

‘This will tremendously reduce the amount of fuel a probe needs to carry and extend its life span as well as its flight range.’ China’s plans come shortly after Goldman Sachs announced last month that it hoped to build an ‘asteroid-grabbing spacecraft’ to make billions from mining space metals.

In January, Nasa announced plans to find 16 Psyche, one of the most mysterious objects in our solar system. 16 Psyche is located in the large asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and may have started as a planet, before it was partially destroyed during the formation of the solar system.

Now, it is a 130 mile (200km) wide chunk of metal, made up of iron, nickel and a number of other rare metals, including gold, platinum and copper. If the asteroid could be transported back to Earth, the iron alone would be worth $10,000 quadrillion (£8,072 quadrillion).

In comparison, all the money on Earth is thought to be worth $60 to $75 trillion.  The celestial objects are thought to be loaded with tonnes of precious metals and minerals, including pricey platinum, worth quadrillions on Earth. A 98-page report from the banking investment company claims that mining asteroids for precious metals in the near future is a ‘realistic’ goal.

Nasa has also expressed an interest in finding mineral-rich asteroids.In January, it announced plans to find 16 Psyche, one of the most mysterious objects in our solar system. 16 Psyche is located in the large asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and may have started as a planet, before it was partially destroyed during the formation of the solar system.

If an asteroid could be transported back to Earth, the iron alone would be worth an estimated $10,000 quadrillion (£8,072 quadrillion)

an asteroid could be transported back to Earth, the iron alone would be worth an estimated $10,000 quadrillion (£8,072 quadrillion)Now, it is a 130 mile (200km) wide chunk of metal, made up of iron, nickel and a number of other rare metals, including gold, platinum and copper. Nasa has also expressed an interest in finding mineral-rich asteroids, espcially 16 Psyche – an asteroid located in the large asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter

Lindy Elkins-Tanton the lead scientist on the Nasa mission and the director of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, said: ’16 Psyche is the only known object of its kind in the solar system, and this is the only way humans will ever visit a core.

‘We learn about inner space by visiting outer space.’  If the asteroid could be transported back to Earth, the iron alone would be worth $10,000 quadrillion (£8,072 quadrillion). In comparison, all the money on Earth is thought to be worth $60 to $75 trillion.

If an asteroid could be transported back to Earth, the iron alone would be worth an estimated $10,000 quadrillion (£8,072 quadrillion) NASA announces two new discovery missions to study asteroids. Source:  Daily Mail Online

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