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Sep 18 2015

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Mmmmm….baked goods

Asteroid-Mining Plan Would Bake Water Out of Bagged-Up Space Rocks.

I think this is a viable approach. I guess my only nit is that, given that You can’t swing a dead cat in the Solar System without hitting water, will this be necessary in most cases?

I.e. They talk about recovering water from an asteroid, and then moving that water into Lunar orbit. I suspect it would be easier to just gather the ice that’s available on the surface of the Moon and putting that in orbit, even factoring in the Lunar gravity well.

Still, this bears watching. If they can produce higher temperatures, perhaps some Rare Earth Elements or precious metals can be refined using a similar approach.

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