Being an English teacher is undoubtedly a noble profession, but probably not as great as being a space miner.
At least that's what the American man Hunter Williams thought.
Mr. Williams used to be an English teacher but decided that he wanted to change the clbadroom for the Moon, according to Wired .
It all started when I was reading a 1966 science fiction novel called The Moon is a Harsh Mistress . The book is about a futuristic revolt in a lunar colony in which people lived and, consequently, extracted the moon, reports News.com.au
"I thought: This is it. we could be doing ", said Wired .
So he left his teaching job for the aerospace engineering school, and is now enrolled in a pilot course for the first academic program specializing in space mining.  That's right, you could also sign up to be a space miner.
The exclusive course is scheduled to be offered by the Space Resource Center of the Colorado School of Mines. Although approval is still pending for the 2018 start date, the school plans to offer what is reported to be the world's first postgraduate program in celestial resources, covering science, technology, policy and policy for prospecting, mining and use. of space resources. 19659002] It may seem a bit premature, but as the global economy moves into space, the asteroids, the moon and even Mars look forward to the important resources they hold, and global governments and even some of the private sector are anxious to get in the action.
"It's not that far in the future, the market is already emerging," said Professor Andrew Dempster of the Australian Space Research Center at UNSW at news.com.au in September.
At this point, the industry is not really talking about bringing resources to Earth, but it is mainly focused on extracting water and potentially other elements from the asteroids near the Earth and the Moon.
Asteroid miners and return resources for satellites or space stations in Earth's orbit are considered the best business case at this time, and there are many companies that would benefit from the technology.
"Let's say you have a satellite that can be powered by that propeller, the satellites that operate in geostationary orbit, there's a lot of investment in those satellites, they're worth millions," said Professor Dempster.
"Every day, data transmitted for television and other data transmissions earn those satellites with a lot of money."
Being able to replenish those satellites from mining missions in outer space could be a great economic advantage .
Total private investment in commercial space companies has multiplied sixfold since 2014 and experts are predicting that we could see the first asteroid mining and resource operation in space within the next decade.
"In our lives we will see commercial space, including resources, development entering a multi-billion dollar industry," according to Chris Lewicki, executive director of Planetary Resources of the US asteroid mining company.
NASA already sent several missions to explore asteroids and in October announced it would accelerate a mission to 16 Psyche, an asteroid made almost entirely of iron and nickel.
This occurs when governments are taking steps to pave the way to a potential galactic gold rush.
A quite remarkable law came into force in the small European country of Luxembourg in August, providing a legal framework for the extraction and ownership of space resources.
The country recently announced an badociation with Japan to explore such resources, one of the many other countries interested in this area.
For many experts, the immense interest in space resources was ignited in 2015 when the president of the USA. US, Barack Obama, signed a controversial bill that gives US companies legal ownership of the materials they extract from asteroids.
As for the Colorado School of Mining, graduates of its space-related course will initially work from Earth, badyzing materials collected by robots and designing systems to convert raw materials into usable fuel for space programs, said the school authorities.
But according to all reports, space mining is an industry ready to take off.