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Old 04-27-2012, 12:25 PM   #21
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I just hope they don't end up finding The Red Marker or The Space Jockey.

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Old 04-27-2012, 12:48 PM   #22
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Man, all this space talk puts me in the mood to finish Dead Space 2! I don't think it's as good as the first, but it is still pretty good.

Too bad GW2 beta is this weekend, guess DS2 will have to wait till next weekend.
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Old 04-27-2012, 12:54 PM   #23
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It falls into the category of geek-interest-news-that's-not-strictly-about-gaming-but-so-extremely-cool-that-it-made-it-to-front-page
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:43 PM   #24
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All my hours racked up in Starflight; I was made for this!

We just need to hurry up and develop a flat device, towing charges in space suck!
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:48 PM   #25
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A bottle of Space Aquafina for $700 will be interesting, though.
Water in space is so valuable it's stupid. It's worth right now about $20,000 per liter, but only if you keep it in space :P That's roughly the cost to send a liter to orbit.

It would be one helluva luxury to actually bring it back to earth and (gasp) drink it >_> But, that would be a unique event.

Once in space, water is used to hydrate astronauts (naturally), to generate electricity (sunlight captured --> electrolysis, reverse the process to generate electricity on demand), the generate oxygen to breathe and hydrogen to burn (also via electrolysis), and to serve as rocket fuel by actually burning oyxgen and hydrogen back into water.

In their company back end they talk about their linear methodology for asteroid mining--it actually begins with mining water from a bunch of asteroids. The idea being that water serves as jet fuel in space, thus by mining water you actually capture a large fuel source, enough to propel the asteroid back to earth, etc.

Thus, they say, water mining will, in time, enable metals mining. Until then, many governments with space programs, and similar commercial ventures, would rather buy water already in space than bring it up with them due to the high cost, and their water mining would have many immediate customers.
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:50 PM   #26
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:00 PM   #27
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:11 PM   #28
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Death blossom FTW!
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:25 PM   #29
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Old 04-27-2012, 03:30 PM   #30
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:01 PM   #31
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Thanks Anenome. As he said, it was only a matter of time. Read Heinlein's The Man Who Bought the Moon. It's about the commercialization of space. Great read. And in some aspects, probably revealing in how the US at least will get more involved in space.
I'm reading Stephen Baxter's Manifold: Time, which was written in 1999 and takes place in 2010, and I'm impressed by how prescient parts of the book are, in that it's main character owns a company that is trying to be the first to mine asteroids, and another character has a self driving car. While both those things are only in the planning and testing phases respectively, it's funny reading the fiction from 13 years ago and seeing articles about the that kind of stuff today.
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Old 04-27-2012, 04:33 PM   #32
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Anenome wins the thread.

For those wondering about the reference, it's the Last Starfighter. Fantastic 80's movie. I'd put it right up there with Dragonslayer and Enemy Mine

It also has an awesome scene where the alien whips out pictures of his family, and the pictures change, exactly like the LCD picture-frames we have nowadays--total future prediction.

And, of course, death blossom:

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Old 04-28-2012, 01:11 PM   #33
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reminds me of this from the trenches comic http://trenchescomic.com/comic/post/raiment

Anyway, this is very very cool and exciting. To me this is bigger than just the awesome idea of asteroid mining. It's really about a group of thinkers and dreamers coming together to accomplish something amazing.
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