A group of scientists recently warned that the famous rings of Saturn could eventually disappear, not thanks to humans.
According to the inverted, asteroid reactors and billions of tech can rob costly rocks from space, including Saturn's ice rings, in the very near future.
This theory comes from a study by a group of researchers who wrote about the upcoming subject of Acta Astronautica. The group suggested that relevant policy makers must come up with a clear set of guidelines and limitations to be followed by everyone in the space industry.
"If we do not think about it now, we will continue as always, and in a few hundred years we will deal with an extreme crisis, much worse than what we have now on Earth," said Martin Elvis, senior astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and one of the authors of the paper. "Once you take advantage of the solar system, there's nowhere to go."
Elvis was referring to private space agencies like Elon Musk's SpaceX and Blue Origin, both of which change how we look at the space industry. SpaceX for one makes space travel more "affordable", even space tourism promises to be nothing in the future. The company also hopes to establish human colonies and other planets like Mars.
Blue Origin, however, is a future project where millions of people can live and work in space. This multi-billion dollar industry of the future has sparked interest from investors. However, putting this plant into exercise can be a resource allocation of our solar system.
Elvis, along with the author, Tony Milligan, a philosopher at King's College in London, suggested the "eighth principle" of humans to take care of resources from the solar system. The proposal suggests that only an eighth of our space system can be harvested while resting should be protected.
Apart from Saturn's rings (which can be an abundant source of rocks and ice), humans can also mine iron on an asteroid belt. The asteroid's iron content is so abundant that even if only one eighth of a mine is still a million times more than it is on earth. Another example is helium-3 which is said to be abundant and the moon can be worth more gold in the future.