The Search For Alien Space Miners

Dune SandwormRay Villard writes on Discovery News:

Rather than looking for aliens who use interstellar radio signals to say “hi,” an alternative search strategy is simply to spy on any mega-engineering projects that an advanced civilization might be undertaking. Veteran SETI astronomer Jill Tarter calls this strategy “SETT” — the Search for Extraterrestrial Technology.

A new science paper by Duncan Forgan at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Martin Elvis at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., suggests we look for evidence of a very ambitious macro-engineering project: the wholesale mining of an asteroid belt. The asteroid material may be mined to build space colonies, solar power satellites or maybe even an entire “ringworld,” as imagined by sci-fi writer Larry Niven.

What’s more, precious metals are in high demand for technologies such as computers, high-speed networks and mobile phones. So-called “green technologies” of the future, such as hydrogen fuel cells, will also place a demand on rare resources.

The unconsolidated debris from the birth of planets, asteroids provide a smorgasbord of elements and minerals for harvesting. Meteorite samples suggest that large quantities of gold, platinum, iron, nickel, magnesium and silicon, among other elements, are abundant on asteroids.

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10 Comments on "The Search For Alien Space Miners"

  1. Foolish humans… Assuming that our technologies will appear as such to your species…

  2. Foolish humans… Assuming that our technologies will appear as such to your species…

  3. not only is he a guest to disinfo, but a guest to the world! *Gasp!*

  4. Who would’ve thought?

    But in all seriousness; the possibility we’ll be turning to space to find new materials, wow! I suppose it’d be another alternative solution for attaining resources.

  5. its the only option for our parasite mode that our culture believes in.

  6. Anonymous | Apr 16, 2011 at 9:42 pm |

    What’s old is new again…

    It was Dyson who proposed the “Dyson Sphere” as a possible indicator of ET presence. He hypothesized that we might be able to detect life by an unusual star, like a mainstream star that put out less light and that would be because a civilization had built a shell to collect energy (free rotating asteroids and habitat grids, solid ones while ultra cool are ultra unlikely)

  7. greengestalt | Apr 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm |

    What’s old is new again…

    It was Dyson who proposed the “Dyson Sphere” as a possible indicator of ET presence. He hypothesized that we might be able to detect life by an unusual star, like a mainstream star that put out less light and that would be because a civilization had built a shell to collect energy (free rotating asteroids and habitat grids, solid ones while ultra cool are ultra unlikely)

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