Miiiiiines Innnnnn Spaaaaaace

Space. It has captivated man for centuries as we’ve struggled to unravel its mysteries and all it has to offer. We’ve been reaching for it for years, always with the promise that the future would bring us ever closer. Well, it’s the future now, so what the hell are we waiting for?

Yes, this week we’re talking about space exploration, with an emphasis on space mining. There is literally a fortune to be made in our solar system alone, and it’s high time we got around to getting it. We talk about just how big that fortune is and what it could mean for mankind. We also discuss some of the technologies that are being developed to facilitate space exploration and resource gathering. And we also examine how the governments of the world are trying to make it as difficult as possible for private individuals and companies to get to space (of course). So pour a space beer and join us as we boldly go where several people have already gone before and where more people should go in the future.


Jer - Abita Beer – Jockamo IPA
Jen - Thomas Creek Brewery – OBP Squared
Justin - Cigar City Brewing – Maduro Brown Ale


Show notes

1:18 - Treme: The Complete First Season [Blu-ray]
3:32 - Pentagon wants a social media propaganda machine
5:57 - Hotmail adds “My friend’s been hacked” button
7:05 - Vow of “love forever” tested by letter delivered 53 years late
8:55 - Rainbow Moon image
9:41 - NASA’s “Dawn” space probe enters orbit around the asteroid Vesta
11:22 - Armageddon [Blu-ray]
11:55 - Ion Propulsion
12:50 - ”Dark Fireworks” seen on the sun – blast as big as ten earths
15:42 - China controls 95% of the worlds supply of rare earth metals
16:24 - Japanese scientists discover stockpile of rare earth metal in pacific ocean
18:38 - Asteroid buzzes Earth
30:22 - 1970s video from NASA about colonizing space
30:57 - NASA – Rigidizable Inflatable Get-Away-Special Experiment
34:30 - Helium 3 on the Moon
35:12 - Strip mine the moon to fuel space exploration
36:45 - Simulated trip to Mars
38:58 - Mining The Sky: Untold Riches From The Asteroids, Comets, And Planets (Helix Book)

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