An open forum on space resource extraction (space mining). Dr. Sara Russell from the Natural History Museum, an expert in astromaterials, will discuss the scientific and economic benefits of extracting resources from celestial bodies and the conditions underwhich their return to Earth is viable. She will be joined by a panel who will further discuss the legal, industrial, and ethical complexities of space resource extraction.
Dr. Sara Russell is a Merit Researcher in Cosmic Mineralogy and planetary sciences. Her research interests are in the formation of the Solar System and the evolution of the Earth's Moon. Russell's group currently works on topics such as the origin of water in the Solar System and geological processes in asteroids. She is a Science Team member of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission, an Editor of CUP's Chondrules book, and proud namesake of Asteroid Sararussell.