A planet made of diamond? Even more reason to invest in space travel

Written by Ashwin Rattan Thursday, 11 October 2012 19:31
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A planet about 40 light years away and twice the size of Earth is made largely out of diamond, astronomers have said.


The rocky planet, called 55 Cancri e, which is in the constellation of Cancer, is orbiting a sun-like star that is visible with the naked eye.


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OK so it's not actually that close, but it's even more reason to get behind the fledgling space investment. As indeed:

  • Sir Richard Branson (Virgin)
  • Jeff Bezos (Amazon),
  • Elon Musk (PayPal)
  • Paul Allen (Microsoft)

Are already doing.


And for the less initiated the good news is that, space entrepreneur James Bennett's new report is coming really, really soon. From Searching Finance natch.


Game changer is a horrible expression, and people should try their hardest not to use it, but if there are planets made of diamond, resource-rich comets and large amounts of the sun's energy just waiting to be captured, then it really would change ideas of scarcity.


How much would you be paying for a diamond ring?

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