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)’Â 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 weâ€™ll use to mine asteroids,Â 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!
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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