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Rare off-Earth elements

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5 hours ago, Ken Fabian said:

There should be abundant carbonaceous chondrite materials in asteroids that could be a raw material for making polymers. Given carbonaceous meteorites can have significant amounts of nickel-iron - mixed in as grains or chondrules - as well as oxides and sulphides, they have hypothetical potential for asteroid mining

So they have the carbon and hydrogen to make polymers but how difficult is this process: is it already established or would it require new technologies (aside from doing it all in space)?

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