Asteroid rim could ‘support TRILLIONS’ of humans in bombshell space ...

THERE are enough resources in our solar system's outer asteroid rim to support a human population of "trillions" according to a leading space expert.

PUBLISHED: 03:04, Mon, Jan 11, 2021 | UPDATED: 03:05, Mon, Jan 11, 2021

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The claim was made by Christopher Wanjek, a science writer who authored ‘Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond’. According to the most recent United Nations estimate the current human population is around 7.8 billion.

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However some scientists believe humanity will end up colonising space beyond Earth, potentially allowing a huge population growth.

NASA has plans to return a human to the Moon by 2024 and then set up a permanent base on the lunar surface.

It then hopes to land a human astronaut on Mars, the first planet humans will have stepped on beyond Earth.

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Speaking to Express.co.uk Mr Wanjek said space colonisation will open up huge resources to the human species.

SpaceSpace writer Chrisopher Wanjek (Image: EXPRESS )

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He argued the resources available in the asteroid rim could facilitate an explosion in the number of humans.

Mr Wanjek commented: “In a world of unlimited resources, when you take in the space resources, that opens everything up and suddenly no one is your enemy. Everyone has potential.

“There’s going to be so many more people to have more ideas to get you into this positive cycle of what humans can do and they can tap into these infinite resources of the solar system.

“There’s enough resources in the asteroid rim to support trillions of people.

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“When you think about minerals and oxygen and all the things you need for life, it’s all out there.”

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