With planet Earth rapidly becoming short of natural resources, the new venture will look to the possibilities of extracting raw material from asteroids in Space. A recent study has identified there being 7,500 suitable rocks out there potentially packed with valuable minerals. For example, just one single asteroid called 16 Psyche is believed to contain 10 million, billion tonnes of nickel-iron, which could supply world demand for this mineral for several million years! The rewards truly could be ‘out of this world’,however, let us not forget that a huge gulf in current technology still exists before space rockets can go chasing asteroids and land on them, before returning home again with storage rooms filled with the precious cargo.
Never say never – technology evolves at an ever increasing rate – but I think the CGI world of Avatar is the closest Mr. Cameron will get in his lifetime to mineral mining on Pandora’s Moon.