The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 4, 2012

Your View: Not just for fiction anymore

By Michael Lively
Special to The Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — As the U.S. government, shortsightedly and unwisely, bows out of the space race, it’s up to private enterprise to answer the need.

And it is. Mining asteroids has been possible for years. We have all the technology to make it happen. It should have been done already.

Thar’s gold in them thar lumps. And much, much more. Not to mention some very good jobs here on Earth.

Processing ore should also be done in space with waste and hazardous materials disposed of off-planet. Waste can easily be dumped into the ultimate disposal furnace — the sun.

Materials, money, jobs, opportunities.

My only question is, why didn’t we start 40 years ago? It was already possible then.

Michael Lively