Artist's illustration of Deep Space Industries' Harvestor-class spacecraft for asteroid mining.
Credit: Deep Space Industries
NEW YORK — Harvard astrophysicist Martin Elvis would like to see astronomers take on a crucial role for future asteroid mining: as astronomical prospectors scoping out the next big catch.
Elvis discussed his dream for applied astronomy June 4 here at the Dawn of Private Spaceflight Science Symposium. Efficient asteroid mining would jump-start a space economy and bring down costs for exploration and space science, guiding humans into a modern space age, he said.
"My basic goal is just to revolutionize our exploration of the solar system, of the universe," Elvis said at the conference. [How Asteroid Mining Could Work (Infographic)]