Cosmic Bombardment: Trillions of Dollars of Wealth Mining Asteroids
The Solar System is undergoing a cosmic bombardment of asteroids and meteors which is unusual because so many are officially classified as “Close Approaches.” However, this is not entirely bad news to money-hungry humans. One single asteroid in our Solar System, 241 Germania, contains $95.8 trillion of mineral wealth inside it. This is equivalent roughly to the annual GDP of the entire world.
241 Germania is one hundred miles long and would be worth countless trillions but it's too far away at present. Asteroids closer to Earth would be targeted.
Planetary Resources aims to spend much of its early budget on scanners to figure out precisely what is out there for the taking. It seems humankind is a colonizing species, whether it be Africa, Mars, or asteroids. The assumption is that if you have the money to get there, you can take what is there. This is certainly a moral and spiritual question. We cannot help but wonder if aliens out there think they own those asteroids and their wealth – or perhaps they are protecting them from selfish mining by one group or species.