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Fraser
2012-Oct-11, 02:10 PM
Illustration of 55 Cancri e, a super-Earth that is thought to have a diamond crust (Yale News/Haven Giguere) If diamonds are forever then this planet should be around for a very, very long time; it seems to be literally made of the stuff. (...)Read the rest of Nearby Exoplanet Could Be Covered With Diamond (445 [...]

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publiusr
2012-Oct-13, 07:52 PM
But we don't have to go that far to find diamonds:
http://news.discovery.com/space/diamond-oceans-jupiter-uranus.html

Now we know this planet got knocked on its side, right?
http://news.discovery.com/space/uranus-knocked-on-side-111007.html

And we know it has dark--say--carbon rings? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rings_of_Uranus

I'm hoping that there may be diamonds knocked into orbit. If so--these might be the most easily harvested items in space--more so than ore from asteroids.

Might be a good place to start.

Noclevername
2012-Oct-15, 04:02 AM
I'm hoping that there may be diamonds knocked into orbit. If so--these might be the most easily harvested items in space--more so than ore from asteroids.

Might be a good place to start.

The rings are deep in Uranus' gravity well and quite a bit farther away than most asteroids. Not easy to harvest at all. Some nearby asteroids would require less delta-V than reaching the Moon and have mineral-rich dust that can be scooped off the surface.