Can You Mine An Asteroid?

Can You Mine An Asteroid?

By Rose Eveleth

Today’s episode is about a future where we (try to) mine asteroids for resources.


Atossa Abrahamian, a journalist who’s written about space mining and is working on a new book about “places in the world where the rules don’t (fully) apply.” Dr. Andreas Hein, a space systems engineer and executive director of the Initiative for Interstellar Studies. Dr. Ram Jakhu, a professor at the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law and editor of Global Space Governance: An International Study. Dr. Erika Nesvold, an astrophysicist, co-founder of the JustSpace Alliance, and host of the podcast Making New Worlds. Dr. Jim Schwartz, a professor of philosophy at Wichita State University who writes about space ethics.

Voice Actors:

Receptionist/Robot: Ashley Kellem Gabby: Anjali Kunapaneni Melissa: Chelsey B. Coombs Mark: Henry Alexander Kelly

→ → → Further reading & resources here! ← ← ← 

Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outtro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Matt Lubchansky.

Get in touch:  Twitter // Facebook // Reddit //

Support the show: Patreon // Donorbox

Subscribe: iTunes // Soundcloud // Spotify 

Episode Sponsors: 

BetterHelp: Affordable, private online counseling. Anytime, anywhere. Flash Forward listeners: get 10% off your first month at Shaker & Spoon: A subscription cocktail service that helps you learn how to make hand-crafted cocktails right at home. Get $20 off your first box at Tab for a Cause: A browser extension that lets you raise money for charity while doing your thing online. Whenever you open a new tab, you’ll see a beautiful photo and a small ad. Part of that ad money goes toward a charity of your choice! Join team Advice For And From The future by signing up at Tavour: Tavour is THE app for fans of beer, craft brews, and trying new and exciting labels. You sign up in the app and can choose the beers you’re interested in (including two new ones DAILY) adding to your own personalized crate. Use code: flashforward for $10 off after your first order of $25 or more.  Purple Carrot: Purple Carrot is THE plant-based subscription meal kit that makes it easy to cook irresistible meals to fuel your body. Each week, choose from an expansive and delicious menu of dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and snacks! Get $30 off your first box by going to and entering code FLASH at checkout today! Purple Carrot, the easiest way to eat more plants!

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Heart UK