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      Asteroid Mining - Science Fiction or the Future? | Prof. Simon Green, Open University in Newcastle upon Tyne


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      April 18, 2019

      Thursday   6:00 PM

      Stephenson Square
      Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear

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      Asteroid Mining - Science Fiction or the Future? | Prof. Simon Green, Open University

      The importance of asteroids for our understanding of the formation and evolution of our Solar System has only been recognised in the last half century.  In that time, the number of known asteroids has increased from less than 5000 to over 800 000 and 14 have been visited by spacecraft. The role of asteroid impacts in shaping the biological history of our planet has been identified and the first steps towards mitigating the threat to civilisation from future impacts have been taken.  Many asteroids contain greater abundances of precious metals than are found on the Earth, but the enormous cost and complexity of space travel has made the possibility of their retrieval uneconomic.  Simon Green, Professor of Planetary and Space Science at The Open University, will explain why the possibility of asteroid mining is now a serious proposition, summarise what we know about asteroids and show how that information will be used to select targets and perform mining operations. He will finish with the latest news on ongoing asteroid ‘mining’ missions – to collect scientific samples.  Simon has been studying asteroids for over 35 years, using ground- and space-based telescopes, planning asteroid missions for scientific exploration and planetary defence, and has recently been advising asteroid mining companies on target properties. Location: The Great Hall, North Eart Futures UTC, Stephenson Square, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3AS 17:30 Tea and coffee served18.00 Lecture begins18:45 Questions and answers19:00 Close

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