From science fiction to reality. Dr. Martin Elvis from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian told us all about asteroids and how our future in space (and he added astronomy) will be tied up with them and the mining of their resources.

He has written a book with the same title which goes into a lot of the concepts he discussed in more detail.

In the talk he covers:

  • Love – the flourishing of planetary science and astronomy in general through the study of these objects
  • Fear – how do we protect the Earth from a killer asteroid
  • greed – the wealth of resources available through mining these bodies

Worth watching if you missed it. It was a real eye-opener about what may be happening in space in the very near future. In fact he predicts as early as 2030!