A video of the â€œMoon, Mars, Asteroids: Where to Go First for Resources?â€ panel discussion held duringÂ the Space Studies Institute’s Space Manufacturing 14 conference in Silicon Valley. Moderated by tech investor Esther Dyson, the discussion included:
Prof. Mike Aâ€™Hearn, University of Maryland, Dept. of Astronomy
Michael A’Hearn, University of Maryland “Water or Rocks: Resources for Earth or for Exploration?”
Brad Blair, SSI, and Prof. Leslie Gertsch, University of Missouri-Rolla “Mining Methods for Asteroid Utilization” Mark Sonter, Asteroid Enterprises Pty Ltd. “Mining Concepts Development for Assessing Asteroid Resources”
Dr. Faith Vilas, University of Arizona “Resources from Asteroids: What We Can Expect From What We Now Know” (more…)
Bruce Betts of the Planetary Society is blogging from the Planetary Defense Conference in Granada, Spain. He reports that the winners of the society’s Apophis Mission Design Competition are presenting their plans to rendezvous with the Apophis asteroid.
Near-Earth Objects: Risks, Responses and Opportunities – Legal Aspects Space & Telecom Law April 23-24, 2009 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Apollo 9 astronaut Rusty Rusty Schweickart will help lead a two-day conference later this month on the subject of near Earth objects sponsored by the University of Nebraska College of Law. The college is hosting the conference in conjunction with the Association of Space Explorers with Co-Sponsorship of the Secure World Foundation and Supported by the American Branch of the International Law Association.
Discovery Space’s Dave Mosher has an interesting Q&A with Robert Landis, an engineer at NASA’s Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston, about prospects for a human mission to an asteroid. Landis led a feasibility study that explored the use of modified Constellation hardware to visit these giant orbiting mountains.