Russia Sets Sights on Space For Rare Earth Mining

Russian Academy of Sciences: Mining space minerals or soon has practical significance to provide metals such as cobalt-nickel-iron rare earth

China Nonferrous Metals News reports about an interesting effort in Russia for the pursuit of rare earth elements.

According to the Russian Satellite News Agency, Moscow, October 11th, Demetri Bisikalo, director of the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said in an interview with the Russian satellite news agency that mining on the earth is due to the continuous consumption of reserves on the earth. Minerals may have practical significance in this century.

According to the Russian satellite news agency Moscow, October 11, Dmitri Bisikalo, director of the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said in an interview with the Russian satellite news agency that due to the continuous consumption of reserves on the earth, mining products outside the earth The century may have practical significance.

Bisikalo said: “Due to the continuous consumption of the earth’s mineral reserves, the materials needed for space mining may be of practical significance to us in this century. Iron, nickel, cobalt, aluminum, rare earth metals and platinum group elements are the most urgent, It is also the most beneficial mineral for mining on asteroids. According to him, the Institute of Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences is not responsible for assessing mineral extraction. This is the task of economists, but the study of near-Earth asteroids. Through such research, the composition of the asteroid can be determined. At present, only physicochemical properties of 3,000 near-Earth asteroids and main asteroids have been identified.

Bisikalo said that even small-sized asteroids weighing about 1 kilometer in diameter and weighing 2 billion tons have a metal composition of about 200 million tons. The main part is iron, and other less components are nickel – 30 million tons, cobalt – 1.5 million tons, platinum group metals (silver, gold, platinum) – -7500 tons. This minimum market value for asteroids alone may exceed $150 billion. Bisikalo said: “It is still very difficult to survey the spacecraft for spacecraft exploration because the project is costly. But I hope that in the near future, human beings will be able to fully enter space, and humans will also be able to access space resources.”

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