Last week's poll: mining in space

Two-thirds of engineering readers are believe that we will mine for minerals in space.


We saw a very split result in last week's poll. Of  the 462 respondents,  29 per cent believed that there would be a need to source scarce minerals and precious metals from space (by prospecting from asteroids); the same proportion  thought that the cost of such prospecting would be driven down over time. In fact the first option was ahead, but only by two votes. the next option, 23 per cent, thought that the costs would never be justified. Only 9% thought that mining in space should be discouraged, while 10% declined to pick an option.

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