There has been a lot of news on asteroid mining and how many precious resources they contain. Considering that the solar system is filled with asteroids – NASA estimated there should be over 781,450 asteroids that orbit the Sun. A great majority of them are floating between Mars and Jupiter in an area named the asteroid belt.
The only thing people have been interested in so far was to know if an asteroid gets too close to our planet or one of the spacecraft. Lately, asteroid mining has become the next step in our relationship with the space rock and the coming year, it will become the focus of many agencies and private companies. This means that they need to hire people that know what they’re doing. And how can you better learn about asteroid mining than going to a university and get a Masters for it?
Is there an institution that has a degree for that? The answer is yes, and you haven’t yet heard of it because it was recently launched. It’s called The Colorado School of Mines, and they have the first space resource program in the world.
Many Resources Waiting To Be Mined
Asteroids are filled with valuable materials like gold, silver, cobalt, and titanium. Back in 1852, an asteroid proved to have iron worth $10,000 quadrillion. If the materials were to be extracted from the asteroids in the asteroid belt, NASA said that, if spread to every person on Earth, it would be $100 billion for each one of us.
Many private companies and government agencies want to start in the asteroid mining business, and this is where the Colorado School of Mines’ space resources program can be of great help to anyone who wants to start working in this field.
The school’s website presented their program. They intend to prepare the scientists, engineers, economists, entrepreneurs and policymakers for jobs in this field. They offer a Post-Baccalaureate certificate, a Master of Science degree, or a Ph.D., and they all focus on “exploration, extraction, and use of [space] resource.”
Their program includes the “broad topic of space resources” that bring “together many fields in which Mines has a strong presence, including remote sensing, geomechanics, mining, materials/metallurgy, robotics/automation, advanced manufacturing, electrochemistry, solar and nuclear energy, and resource economics,” writes the school’s program.
Considering how many resources there are in space, it’s only a matter of time for humans to get them to Earth, and this school could be the first step to ensure that the industry has enough people that are instructed in this field of work.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.