Until now, harvesting natural resources from asteroids and other planetary bodies has been relegated to the future world of science fiction. The Colorado School of Mines believes the future is now and is offering degrees and certificates in the mining of extraterrestrial bodies.
Dr. Angel Abbud-Madrid, director of the Center for Space Resources and Research Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Colorado School of Mines, told Digital Trends, “Space Resources is an area that includes identifying the resources there are in space, and working out how to collect, extract and utilize them."
It is the first program of its kind in the world and students can earn a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Masters of Science (without a thesis) and PhD degree.
Students will take a multi-disciplinary approach and study not only the methods for extracting and processing resources, but other technical, legal, ethical, and economic factors that come into play when mining bodies outside the Earth.
Colorado School of Mines has always prided itself on being a leader in studying and teaching mining. Now it's only fitting that it is taking the lead in the 21st century.