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    Using extraterrestrial resources for science

    Crawford, Ian and Elvis, M. and Carpenter, J. (2016) Using extraterrestrial resources for science. Astronomy & Geophysics 57 (4), 4.32-4.36. ISSN 1366-8781.

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    To date, all human economic activity has depended on the resources of a single planet; it has long been recognized that developments in space exploration could in principle open our closed planetary economy to external resources of energy and raw materials. Recently, there has been renewed interest in these possibilities, with several private companies established with the stated aim of exploiting extraterrestrial resources. Space science and exploration are among the potential beneficiaries of space resources because their use may permit the construction and operation of scientific facilities in space that would be unaffordable if all the required material and energy resources had to be lifted out of Earth's gravity. Examples may include the next generation of large space telescopes, sample-return missions to the outer solar system, and human research stations on the Moon and Mars. These potential scientific benefits of extraterrestrial resource utilization were the topic of a Specialist Discussion Meeting held at Burlington House on 8 April 2016.


    Item Type: Article
    School: School of Science > Earth and Planetary Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 15:05
    Last Modified: 09 Mar 2017 15:05


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