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Asteroid mining by ARTek92 Asteroid mining by ARTek92
A quick concept of an asteroid mining base.
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RamAshu Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  New member
I am doing a space settlement project and can i use this image in my project, completely crediting the credits to u.
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ARTek92 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ok, sure go ahead! Thanks for letting me know first.
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Radu-B Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful O_O
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Zarahemna Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
How long did this take? I really like it.
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ARTek92 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It took about 3-4 hours I think.
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Zarahemna Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
The lighting is great, love the OSL.
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Mobius57 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012
Likely all mining outposts will be unmanned. That very well could be a dwarf planet moon thingy. Very nice.
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Hop41 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Looks a lot like the open pit copper mine in my hometown, Ajo, Arizona.

On earth, blasting sends debris along parabolic arcs that quickly return to earth. On an asteroid, a lot of the rocks and dust would be sent into orbit about the rock. It would result in a permanent debris cloud that would make landing and leaving the rock more difficult.

I believe blasting will be done under blast blankets. Or perhaps the mines will be tunnels burrowed underground instead of open pit. If humans are present, they would need to be underground to protect them from radiation.
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ARTek92 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Fair points. But it was just an idea, perhaps the asteroid/dwarf planet was big enough to have a strong gravitational pull to get the debris back on the surface or maybe its neighbouring planet pulled it back, and perhaps the open pit mining was a cheaper and more efficient way of getting resources. As for the radiation maybe the asteroid is orbiting a gas giant with a big magnetic field that shields humans from harmful rays, not sure :). But again it all can be a debate, thank you for the comment!
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Just amazing.
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