My job is very unique, and not the average type of thing people do. I am involved with a space mining program and work with a small group of people. We actually dissect asteroids and other materials from space. We are looking for gold and other types of valuables that can be taken away from them.
This work involves using a variety of tools to get the job done. It is slow moving but it is also very entertaining. It is exciting when you find some gold or other materials and you are able to extract them. Sometimes, you get a large amount at the end of the shift and there are days when you find next to nothing.
That is just a small part of what goes on in this industry though. One day, it may be possible for large numbers of people to live in space. Imagine saying you are going to visit your family in space rather than in another state or even another country! Getting resources ready for that to happen is important.
It is going to play a vital role in taking that concept from a someday topic to one that is in motion and within reach. It isn’t going to be practical or affordable for everything needed to come from Earth all the time. Space mining involves offering methods for resources that allow those who may live there to be self-sufficient.
Plenty of those resources are going to stem from the precious metals found in asteroids out there in space. Part of my job includes evaluating them so we can determine the best ways to use them and to benefit from them. There is plenty of testing, research, and data found in this type of business.
In many ways, what we do can be compared to offshore oil drilling and mining for coal. It is a detailed process and you have to know what you need to extract as well as the best way to extract it. You need the right tools, safety is important, and you need to have goals for the next steps in motion.
This is an expensive process, but it is one that can have a huge payoff in the end. I have worked in space mining for about five years. It has already grown in many ways since I started, and that is encouraging to me. We keep moving forward and putting all of the pieces of this huge puzzle in place where they belong.
We continue to explore to find new sites for the mining to take place. Before the mining can begin, the infrastructure needs to be put in place to secure it and to offer a safe environment. Once the operations have been completed, the site is closed and returned to a natural state.
Technology continues to be a driving force behind what we do with space mining. The results get better all the time. I am hopeful that within my lifetime, I will see people living in outer space due to what we are contributing to that process now.