Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 3 weeks ago

Why don't we mine Mars for gold?

26 Answers

  • Sean K
    Lv 5
    2 weeks ago

    Elon is working on it.

  • 3 weeks ago

    you silly billy, haven't you seen that movie where a NASA-alike space company starts blasting away at wannbe gem-finders once they reach the Van Allen Belt!

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Why don' t you get a JOB AT WALMART. GREETER AT WALMART 2020

  • garry
    Lv 4
    3 weeks ago

    maybe because there is none there .

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  • Tom
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    1) none has been located there, 2) we cant get there yet to mine any  3)we could not bring back enough ore to pay for the trip.---So there is no point.

    We could look for Helium Three---A lot is on the moon and we need very little of it to last for years (Mars might have it too)  He3 is the stuff that makes ENERGY PRODUCTION by means of FUSION a practical proposition---so it has both Value , use and a practical mass to carry back in a spacecraft.

  • 3 weeks ago

    I got to within 4 inches of the second moon rock ever to go on display, September 25, 1969.   Saved the pictures.  The little dark grey pebble with sparkles must have been worth several million back then, maybe about the same or even more now.

    Mars is 140 times farther than the moon, so the round trip for getting gold will cost 280 times (or a lot more) than Apollo rocket trips for just a couple men on the surface  (if they survive the two year trip).  And landing on Mars, taking off again is a lot harder--more gravity, and an atmosphere.

    Want to make money with gold shipments from that far away?  Through deadly radiation, starvation or asphyxiation possible?  How about insanity too?  Good luck.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Because the amount of gold you'd have to be able to find, dig out and transport back to Earth to pay for it would be such that dropping that much gold on the market would drop the price by 80%, which would then render all existing gold close to worthless.

    You clearly do not understand how the valuation of rare goods like gold works.

  • John
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Gold has great emotional value for humans, which is the mystique of it. It has very little practical value. Some, yes. Nowhere near as much as uranium does.

  • 3 weeks ago

    needed is further exploration,a big and sturdy drilling apparatus, some testing  equipment for minerals carbon forms,bacteria,,gases volatile and noble,phosphine, searching for oxygen water,nitrogen,hydrogen,ultra hi def photo equipment,a 4 or 5 man team would be just ducky,and a strong enclosed rather large desert buggy for far away expeditions

  • 3 weeks ago

    Mars is less dense than Earth and probably has less gold than this planet.  Venus and Mercury would be a better bet.  But it wouldn't be worth the expense, and gold would go down in value if there was more of it.

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