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  •  Hematite is mined out (7+ / 0-)

    Commercially viable deposits of Hemetite (iron ore) in the US ran out in the early 1970's.

    Space based resources will fuel the next Industrial boom in space. If we wait 100 years to move into space, we may not have the resources to do so. I keep saying we need to use the oil and coal left to build the next generation of energy infrastructure, or else.

    And a similar situation might be brewing in the effort to get into space, if we dont use the viable resources we have left to establish a toehold in space, we may never get the chance.

    Folks that advocate we take care of Earth before moving out into space, they dont want to see the environmental devastation in space that they see on Earth. What they dont see is that staying on Earth virtually guarantees whats left will be totally devastated.

    ...... Social Security blogathon March 25th thru March 29th. #HandsOffmySS FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

    by Roger Fox on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 07:44:05 AM PDT

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    •  Cool 'The toehold in space ' makes sense (2+ / 0-)
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        Along with the idea of 'do it now while we can.' Big time thinking.
      The success of The Curiosity Mission and the focus by The Obama Administration on Mars,  is a monumental development in human history, higher capacity and development.
          Allowing the private, non profit sector to get into the space transport and mining biz is also the right direction

          Mars will take us back to the stars.

      •  I think this gives us the best chance (1+ / 0-)
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        to see Earth in 150 years as a Botanical wonderland, much fewer industries, no oil drilling, openpit mining etc.

        A chance to re establish forests, prairie and grass land.

        ...... Social Security blogathon March 25th thru March 29th. #HandsOffmySS FDR 9-23-33, "If we cannot do this one way, we will do it another way. But do it we will.

        by Roger Fox on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 09:32:25 AM PDT

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