“The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don’t have a space program, it’ll serve us right!” (Larry Niven, author of Ringworld)
“I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.” (Stephen Hawking, interview in The Daily Telegraph, 16 October 2001)
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No matter how the whole asteroid mining business will turn out, one of its most interesting aspects is represented by what we may learnt from it. It has been discussed the hypothesis that extraterrestrial intelligences (ETIs) engaged in asteroid mining may be detectable from Earth. Building space colonies do require raw materials, after all, and an alien species may be busy in retrieving them as much as we would like to do. The idea is that persistent mining over long periods will reduce the number of larger asteroids, leaving only small pieces around. This is what SETI experts call SETT — the Search for Extraterrestrial Technology – as an alternative way to answer the Fermi Paradox and discover we are not alone in the universe. Certainly more exciting than getting outer space platinum on the London Metal Exchange.
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