[meteorite-list] A Plan To Place An Asteroid In Earth Orbit
From: MexicoDoug <mexicodoug_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:54:40 -0400
Well, since the purpose of this is to mine an asteroid, it seems pretty
foolish to waste all that effort on a 10 meter rock which you won't
allow to be an iron.
IT HAS TO BE AN IRON unless you want to waste money. Or do you want to
mine antimony (element = Sb). That would be very successfully at
mining Antimoney (element = $$$ouch$$$) !!!
The problem is that most of the trace elements worth mining are
siderophiles. So if you are going to mine silaceous, or most stony
meteorites, I'd suggest going to a beach on earth (with a K-T
outcropping if you insist ;-) with a tonka dump truck as the initial
Even at the 1 ppm level (a gross exaggeration for a stony meteorite),
there is 1,200 grams of gold in your 1,200 ton 10 meter diameter
"spherical" asteroid. Now I know gold is getting expensive, but let's
keep our feet on terra firma. If you are going to mine anything, it
needs to be worth it. Considering that "mining" such a small body is
an expensive proposition (how do you think it would be smelted in
orbit), they'd be better off just bringing back the 1,200 grams of raw
asteroid and selling it to scientists and collectors. So, no matter
how you cut up this "pie in the sky" in a spreadsheet, it ain't workin'
From: Sterling K. Webb <sterling_k_webb at sbcglobal.net>
To: Bernd V. Pauli <bernd.pauli at paulinet.de>;
meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com
Sent: Mon, Aug 29, 2011 7:01 pm
Subject: Re: [meteorite-list] A Plan To Place An Asteroid In Earth Orbit
Hi, Bernd, List,?
A mere 10-meter spherical asteroid? (To a physicist,?
everything is spherical at the first approximation...)?
That's 523.6 cu. meters. At a rock density of 2 to 3?
metric tons per cu. meter, that's somewhere between?
1047.2 and 1570.8 metric tons.?
As a disaster, it's on a par with dropping a grand piano?
on a cartoon coyote. It would be a slow approach and?
MIGHT drop 10 kilos of meteorites, but probably not?
unless it grazed the atmosphere at the correct angle.?
However, a 10-meter asteroid is a tiny playground.?
What if it were a 100-meter asteroid, ten times bigger,?
and lots of surface (and about 1,000,000 tons). If you?
accidentally dropped that object on the Earth, you'd?
have a 250-meter crater and 0.2 MegaTon blast.?
Too big to play with.?
A 33-meter asteroid? Airbursts at 14 kilometers and?
splatters a lot of fast fragments, but no craters. From?
this I conclude that the 10-meter asteroid grab is a?
Unless, of course, it's an iron...?
Sterling K. Webb?
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Subject: [meteorite-list] A Plan To Place An Asteroid In Earth Orbit?
> "Interesting idea. What could possibly go wrong?"?
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> What if the Moon interferes??
> What if this NEO is thus sent hurtling toward planet Earth??
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> - millions of people killed?
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> - tsunamis?
> - earthquakes?
> - tons and tons of material ejected into the atmosphere?
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