If you're following all the strange space news recently, this one, shared by Mr. V.G., surely has to be filed under the "Strangest" category. We've all seen the news about the USA's congress recently passing a space mining bill that, in effect, says that private corporations can keep whatever they mine and "bring back" from asteroids. Now, I've pointed out numerous times that all the hype and talk about mining asteroids, and private space company ventures, has one overarching flaw: doing so is completely impractical from a cost-benefit point of view if the only technology available to do so is the chemical rocket. While costs of launching such rockets has come down, it still remains a hefty financial effort. And on this basis, I've advanced the idea that all the talk of space mining, and the recent rush to pass laws concerning it, might be a back-handed way of admitting that other technologies of getting into space might be available.
But now consider this very strange story, apparently coming from NASA itself:
Now, as the article itself points out, NASA isn't really telling anyone how to build a death star:
For all you boys and girls who dream of one day ruling the galaxy with a tremendous weapon of mass destruction, NASA has some suggestions for you. The trick is to mine asteroids and use the material to construct the Death Star directly in space.
In a video on Wired, Brian Muirhead, chief engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, illustrates how the Asteroid Redirect Mission will look at the feasibility of asteroid mining, and although the mission doesn’t exactly show you how to build a Death Star, it will do something nobody has done before. In 2023, a probe will capture a boulder and carry it into lunar orbit, where a group of astronauts will later visit to mine some of the asteroid material.
But what NASA is implying is the real possible reason for all of the sudden hype aboout asteroid mining in recent years: asteroids would provide the raw materials for mega-engineering projects in space of an unheard of scale. And it is planning "proof of concept" missions to demonstrate the point, albeit with the old trusty standby, the large bottle rockets of chemical rockets.
Which raises a high octane speculation: are we really looking at something else here, some other purpose or reason behind the sudden push to go out an mine asteroids? Is the real purpose that of constructing large scale mega-projects? And if so, why the push? Recently in a conversation with me, former Assistant Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Catherine Austin Fitts suggested that this might be a kind of response to the information presented in Norman Berglund's book, The Ring Makers of Saturn, wherein he argued that enormous artificial structures appear to be "mining" the rings of Saturn itself. If so, then they are clearly not human. And if so, some sort of response has to be made, and that response will be very expensive.... and, it will also carry inevitable military implications...
.... to the tune of several trillions of (missing) dollars, over time... and that part of the story is indeed what we have seen.
See you on the flip side...