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We earthbound humans cannot survive as a single planet species as there is a clear and present danger from super-volcanos and large near-earth-objects. The dinosaurs did not survive – they had no space program. We do have a space program which can be directed to saving humans by detecting, tracking and deflecting near-earth-objects that are potential earth-impactors, as well as creating a moon base as a precursor to populating mars. Great challenges and opportunities lay ahead in achieving these space development objectives; they are essential to ensure our survival.
The wealth from mines, from the dawn of recorded human history, is the epic march of mankind along the path of progress. It was the mines that made ancient civilizations such as Egypt, Greece and Rome great and in more recent times have created immense wealth to the benefit of the people of Europe, North America, Australia and now China, India, Brazil and Russia.
Today, we are part of the “space generation”, crawling off the surface of the earth into the “oceans of space”; mining will continue to provide the capability for humankind to advance to the moon, mars and on to the stars.
This paper proposes the application of proven methods on earth for successful mineral exploration, mineral deposit development and mine/process operations on the moon and mars.