For as long as I can remember, my dad has been a steadfast Star Trek fan. Somehow, the fantasy gene skipped me entirely and funneled straight into my son, who shares a fervent love of all-things-Star-Wars with my husband. So, when I first heard the words “asteroid mining” and “James Cameron” used in the same sentence, I thought it was the plot to another one of his blockbusters. Turns out – it’s real life, and social media, as usual, had quite the response to the latest start up announcement, this time from Planetary Resources. The April 28th installment of the Wall Street Journal Sentiment Tracker took a look at the response from Facebook and Twitter and found that 50% of users are thrilled at the idea and can’t wait to hear more, while 26% are skeptical. I’m pretty solidly in the 22% who couldn’t help but draw comparisons to movies (Armageddon, anyone?) and 2% cracked jokes. Check out some of the lines drawn between asteroid mining and movies below:

Have none of the Planetary Resources guys seen the Alien movies? Galactic mining often ends badly.

First the Titanic and now asteroid mining. James Cameron’s ambitions know no bounds. 

@katelinnea  Re: Asteroid mining – Haven’t they seen the movie?!

What do you think? Incredible advancements in technology…or the plot for another sci-fi flick? Let me know!

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