Mines hosts Space Resources Roundtable and Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium

GOLDEN, Colo., June 5, 2012 – The Space Resources Roundtable, Inc. and the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium in collaboration with Colorado School of Mines and the Lunar and Planetary Institute, convenes their third joint meeting June 4-7, 2012 on the Mines campus in Golden, Colo.

The Space Resources Roundtable brings together space professionals, natural resources industry personnel and entrepreneurs interested in developing the resources of space (including the moon, Mars, asteroids, comets, and other bodies of the solar system.)

The goal of the Space Resources Roundtable is to advance prospects for the commercial development of space resources through information exchange among government, commercial, and academic organizations. The purpose of the Planetary & Terrestrial Mining Sciences Symposium is to promote a closer relationship between the space and mining sectors. The intent is to allow mining experts to network with space scientists and engineers, to share knowledge, and to foster collaboration.

New strategies for space exploration and the advent of private efforts in this area create unique opportunities for both near and long-term plans for space resources utilization. This meeting will provide a forum for discussion of how to take advantage of this new environment.

Discussions during will include orbital or landed measurements of the moon, Mars, and/or asteroids and comets to identify and characterize potential resources; experiment results that could lead to manufacturing with space resources; space transportation systems utilizing space resources; the relationship between government-funded exploration and private ventures in identifying and using space resources, and how to develop public-private partnerships; and property rights in space.



David Tauchen, Public Relations Specialist / 303-273-3088 / DTauchen@mines.edu
Karen Gilbert, Director of Public Relations / 303-273-3541 / KGilbert@mines.edu