Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets

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Perseus Books Group, 1997 - Fiction - 274 pages
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What would it be like if entrepreneurs could literally "mine the sky" to solve Earth's three major fulfillment problems: energy, mineral resources, and food? That is the engaging premise of John S. Lewis's visionary new book. What if we could chemically break down the atmosphere of Mars for substances that can be used as spacecraft propellants; hollow out asteroids to transform them into livable habitats for billions of space-bound homesteaders; mine the asteroids for precious metals to be used in space construction projects; milk the comets and the moons of Mars for their vast supplies of water; extract helium from moon rocks and radioactive minerals from asteroids, for use as fuel in fusion reactors? With the expansive reach of science fiction, John Lewis's Mining the Sky shows just how these plans are achievable using technology that either exists already or will become available in the very near future. Based on his decades of work at the Lunar Planetary Institute in Tucson, Arizona, Lewis makes the bold proposal that the depletion of the earth's natural resources, as well as the overpopulation of the planet, are solvable problems; indeed, that the unlimited wealth of resources orbiting the sun will ultimately sustain ten quadrillion people living in the many worlds - both natural and man-made - that will compose our enhanced solar system. And reaping the fruits of these nearby solid objects is only the beginning: In the gas-giant outer planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune - there is sufficient natural hydrogen and helium to power enough fusion reactors to meet our energy needs almost for eternity.

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Review: Mining The Sky: Untold Riches From The Asteroids, Comets, And Planets

User Review  - Bradley Mazurek - Goodreads

As someone that is both an optimist and ponders potential futures of humanity, this book provides great insight into the the potential right in our backyard (cosmically speaking). I loved the way it unleashed my imagination into what is possible for our species if we can get our act together. Read full review

Review: Mining The Sky: Untold Riches From The Asteroids, Comets, And Planets

User Review  - Hong - Goodreads

- Disorganized. Last two chapters are disconnected from the rest of the book. - The depth disappoints me. Instead of discussing the barriers of Solar Power Satellites (SPS) and possible technological ... Read full review

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About the author (1997)

John S. Lewis, author of Rain of Iron and Ice, is professor of planetary sciences and codirector of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Arizona-Tucson. He has chaired international conferences on space resources and is a globally recognized expert on the subject.

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