The Diplomat republished Chaitanya Giri's article on the mining of rare-earth elements in space. He opines that increasing demand for REE coupled with limited supply of it in Earth has intensified such extra-terrestrial explorations.
An increase in the global demand for rare earth elements, used in high-technology industries, coupled with limited supplies on Earth, has accelerated extra-terrestrial exploration. International cooperation and competition for these space-based resources will determine the next human footprint and race in space.
The Diplomat republished Gateway House's Dinshaw Mistry's feature on India's 100th space mission. He argues that if its space assets are used effectively, India could have a formidable fleet of five to 10 satellites dedicated for military use, and dozens more for its economic development.
China has affirmed its status as one of the world’s leading space powers by sending three astronauts into space this week. Should India – which has one of the world’s six major space programs – take efforts to imitate its neighbour? Can it develop such capabilities? At what cost though, and for what benefit?