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Planetary Resources Looking To Hire First ‘Asteroid Miners’

Asteroid mining

If you’re a college student, do you fancy yourself as a future asteroid miner? Mining near-Earth asteroids has got to be better than mining and further polluting the Earth’s crust and atmosphere as we are doing now, right? At least that’s what ambitious startup company Planetary Resources maintains. Now they are already advertising for their first asteroid mining recruits.

This is from the Planetary Resources ‘Asteroid Miners Wanted (Apply Today)’ page:

“If you are a college student passionate about space and want to be a part of history by helping us develop the technologies that we’ll use to mine asteroids, we want to hear from you today.

This your chance to join our team onsite in Bellevue, Washington for a paid cooperative education position and get hands on experience working with our team.

PRI provides a unique and intimate work environment where you can make an immediate impact on product development and the fulfillment of primary company objectives. Join us in changing the way we explore the solar system!

Click here to apply now and be a part of history in the making!”

If it works out for the company, there could be a big future ahead for wannabe asteroid mindes. Planetary Resources plans to eventually mine a selection of the 8,900 or so near-Earth asteroids for water and various metals. They want to launch their first spacecraft within 18 to 24 months to begin scoping out the best asteroids to approach frist.

It is anticipated that actual mining of the asteroids won’t start commence around 2025 but, obviously, there’s a lot of technology groundwork to be done before then. It’s not like this has ever been done before. Space, the final frontier…

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  • Michael Birks

    There’s a concern here that they are siphoning off talented students whose abilities could be better used addressing issues here on earth.

    There would be an argument against having these youths focus on merely technological solutions as opposed to what could be seen as more important social and political solutions.

  • http://www.the9billion.com/ John Johnston

    Sure, but playing devil’s advocate, they would argue it is directly addressing the resource and pollution issues here on Earth, as well as ultimately aiming to make human life inter-planetary. One of the guys who founded this company just wrote a book called “Abundance” – the aim of ‘abundance’ being to make what is not abundant here on Earth now, abundant. He sees asteroid mining as part of that.