JAPAN JUST TOOK THE NEXT STEP TO ASTEROID MINING

We've been hearing a lot in recent years about the possibility of mining the Moon, Mars, and asteroids. In fact, as I've pointed out on various occasions, the amount of derivatives on the books - various estimates give between  14 and 17 quadrillion dollars, an amount that's a multiple of the entire global domestic product. That's $14,000,000,000,000,000.00 folks. At the rate that Mr. Globaloney invents "financial instruments" to create paper profits, we'll soon have to start writing our checks with exponential notations just to accommodate all those zeros. Seriously though, it intrigues me how, after the 2008 financial crisis, the derivatives problem was mentioned, and then just dropped right off the radar. Have you noticed the various financial advisory sites don't even mention them?

There may be a reason for that. Back in 2014 at the San Mateo Secret Space Program conference I offered the hypothesis that there was a connection between all the "resources" that were "out there," and the possibility that they had already been collateralized in a "secret system of finance." A few years later, estimates about the monetary of certain asteroids began to be circulated in various articles about space mining, and low and behold, one asteroid's total value was estimated to be about - here it comes - sixteen quadrillion dollars. In other words, grabbing those asteroids was a nifty way to rebalance those books and wipe out all that bad paper.

The trouble is, of course, one has to go out and get it. One has to place actual machinery on an actual asteroid, dig it up, and bring it home.

Many people noticed this story and shared it, and it's in the context of space mining and those systems of finance that I believe it should be read:

Japan space robots start asteroid survey

A pair of robot rovers have landed on an asteroid and begun a survey, Japan's space agency said Saturday, as it conducts a mission aiming to shed light on the origins of the solar system.

The mission marks the world's first moving, robotic observation of an asteroid , according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

The round, cookie tin-shaped robots successfully reached the Ryugu asteroid a day after they were released from the Hayabusa2 probe, the agency said.

"Each of the rovers is operating normally and has started surveying Ryugu's surface," JAXA said in a statement.

Taking advantage of the asteroid's low gravity, the rovers will jump around on the surface—soaring as high as 15 metres (49 feet) and staying there for as long as 15 minutes—to survey the asteroid's physical features.

"I am so proud that we have established a new method of space exploration for small celestial bodies," said JAXA project manager Yuichi Tsuda.

In other words, Japan has now taken the next necessary step in the technology and capability tree toward the practical use of space resources; in fact, it has taken two steps: (1) perfecting and demonstrating the capability to land a craft on a low-gravity celestial body, and (2) surveying it.

There is of course a wrinkle here: I've been saying all along that chemical rockets are simply not adequate to any sustained human presence in deep space, much less for mining. And the Japanese probes, of course, used rockets to get their probes to the asteroid. But this, in the final analysis, is not a problem: even more exotic methods of propulsion would still require a great deal of engineering finesse and capability to land on an asteroid.
Japan just took that step, and it's a major step with huge implications for the long term development of space.
And that means something else folks: Japan is a player.
See you on the flip side...

19 thoughts on “JAPAN JUST TOOK THE NEXT STEP TO ASTEROID MINING”

  1. I was wondering why it was called the Derivative Death Star back in ’08 when it was a mere Quadrillion.

    Do they not have faith in Fukutonium Alchemy back here on earth, where there is “bugger all intelligent life” /Monty Python?

    2050? ha even Ceasium 137, let alone 1999 other radionucleides, will be around thanks to 3 meltdowns and associated fuel pools that will keep on giving forever.

    Here is the news, though only Cesium is ever mentioned ’cause it is foreseeably diminished, except for the forever giving of the LOST CORES of Planet E, that’s us, folks. No wonder they dream of escapism and comic book heros.

    Map: (The chart legend top left, represents the soil concentration of cesium-137 in Becquerel per kilogram.)

    https://d1fdy26u973qrp.cloudfront.net/projects/minnanods/updates/a6f75a07-2165-4ea5-b6e0-2611b52c2ff3

    Article:

    http://genpatsu.tokyo-np.co.jp/page/detail/799

  2. A little digging and they may end up proving the asteroid belt was a planet at one time. I’ll hold my breath for the public announcement.

  3. The mainstream press doesn’t mention derivatives any longer because high finance in the City, in Frankfort, in New York, in Paris, in Milan, is back to selling that garbage as a good investment.

    Any minerals/elements the Japanese rover could pick up on that chunk of whatever can be made out of the aether–an understanding of the nature of reality that of course would include vastly better forms of transport than rockets.

  4. You can bet whatever you use to gamble with that they have the propulsion and ships to mine the asteroids-comets-planets. The chemical rockets are just the usual dog and pony show to entertain the unwashed masses.

  5. This assumes we survive the current geopolitical march toward global war and that war does not go nuclear.
    If there is indeed a secret space program with advanced craft, then this is fluff for the consumption of the ignorant masses. You don’t typically monetize assets you can’t get your hands on.
    There is also that often pondered “quarantine zone” at the orbit of the moon to contend with. There may be “others” who object to our going after assets they may consider theirs and who may be currently mining the rings of Saturn.

    1. Think of the recruitment vids for the new high tech laborers. ‘Willing to travel? Like adventure?’ Yada yada. N we plebs dont even recognize yet these vehicles r throw away expenses here. Staffin our military is changin crazy fast. Drones r so much cheaper n easier n replaced so fast with next gen….

      One might guess if a drone personnel transport or 3 disappeared enroute to a rock out there,….. who’s family could b wise enuf to it 2 sue werkmans comp?

      1. Anyone seen tv lately? My millenial nephew showed me some last week. Ads n ads 4 the most obscene pharma monster toxic crap interspersed with cyber arguments between a boy n his mom cuz he just wants to do his part as his cyber self is running drones 4 the military out of his cute bunk bed dream….

    1. Hilarious. Think it’ll go like the tether did? Wasnt it wal thornhill n friends who predicted the problems entailed by not engineering for the charge differentials uncurred?

  6. Hey, cool! Now Japan can “steer” asteroids too! (Sorry Doc, but i thinks chem rockets could take care of, shall we say, “small course adjustments”….hey!…maybe those jumping probes, if timed properly, would do that Tesla-thumper-resonance thing and crack that baby like a nut!…now ya got two steer-able rocks…..just think, they could sell you a “gold mine” that also happens to be a zillion meg-ton bomb…its a MIC wet dream!) Kidding aside, I think THIS IS the PPP ( PrettyPublicPicture) of the true weaponization of space.

  7. I believe there is an underlying reason that asteroid-mining has come to the forefront, again. It has to do with Uranium, and other ‘heavy’ elements…

    Our Earth started-out molten. It differentiated over time. All the heavy elements should have ended up at our core, or at least deep in our mantle. However, we find Uranium and such conveniently at or near the surface. To be there, it had to have ‘ridden in’ on asteroids, comets, and similar – after the Earth had formed a crust.

    Next, back off to colliding neutron stars. The recent discovery of one such collision via gravity waves and subsequent multi-wavelength observations has shown that the collision generated and threw off multi-earth masses of various heavy elements:
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/03/neutron-star-mergers-may-create-much-universe-s-gold
    https://www.space.com/38493-gravitational-waves-neutron-star-gold.html

    Now, combine the two sets of facts. Either our planet obtained its wealth of ‘surface’ heavy metals from a chance wave of neutron star collision debris passing through our solar system, or that debris was innate to our just-forming solar system. Either way, some asteroids and comets may have been ‘salted’ with unlooked-for amounts of valuable heavy metals. And some folks may have reasoned this out…

    1. Goshawks. Thot u were more electric univ minded. What if meteorites were less causative? What if most meteorites resulted from same phenomena that salted the crust of this planet n any other nearby planet/comet/asteroid close enough to exchange charge differentials…. aka plasma discharge… aka interplanetary lightning? What if grand canyon n valis marinaris were formed at the same time? In hours not aeons? Off the same glow.mode plasma? Aka lightning?

      1. What if those same birkeland currents also generated vast amounts of various elements at various atomic weights depending on the ferocity of the electrical charges?

        What if compounds like oh pretty much any and all including petroleum were generated in such electrical phenomena n rained down as they went?

        And the earths core was a similar n related electrical process ongoing doing the same things now? Spinning molten massive magnetic iron n nickel ball reacting with constant plasma flow from sun?

        Ever wonder how russians replenished an oil field after it sat fallow 40 years? Abiotic oil?

        1. Why isnt ghawar a caved in dust bowl by now? Or a nasty sea water swamp pit by now? Didnt they put more seawater in than oil they took out starting in like 2000?

    2. More synchronicity: In the October 2018 issue of Sky & Telescope magazine (p.52-3), there is an article on our Moon’s “Great Magnetic Low” – centered on Mare Imbrium and encompassing nearby parts of Oceanus Procellarum and Mare Frigoris – where the surface magnetic field is less than a tenth as strong as the average lunar field. This GML is hypothesized to result from the asteroid/comet which created Mare Imbrium ‘neutralizing’ the baked-in lunar magnetic field in that area.

      What is interesting – from the heavy metals ‘riding in’ on the asteroid/comet angle of my comment above – is that “the GML and its spatial extensions fit within the Procellarum KREEP Terrain (PKT). This is a province of the Moon distinguished by high levels of the radioactive elements thorium, potassium, and uranium… For some poorly understood reason, radioactive elements are concentrated in the nearside’s northwest quadrant, under the lavas of Procellarum, Imbrium, Nubium, and western Mare Serenitatis.”

      The fact that the Moon’s heavy (radioactive) metals are concentrated right where a asteroid/comet hit (or a cluster) could indicate that our Moon also obtained its wealth of ‘surface’ heavy metals from a chance wave of neutron star collision debris passing through our solar system, or that debris was innate to our just-forming solar system. This could be additional proof that some asteroids and comets may have been ‘salted’ with unlooked-for amounts of valuable heavy metals. (Note that just the hit/s around Mare Imbrium have those heavy [radioactive] metals. Other big Mares do not. Somehow, that impactor was ‘different’…)

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