I wonder if the current drones will be asked to stay on to help train their new robotic replacements?
Are they equally concerned about failures of the Chinese wall between, say, the corporate advisory arm of a bank and the investment division?
One suspects not.
Harvesting that ought to be about the same level of difficulty as extracting the mineral wealth, I'd say
Next stop, Adventure!
I'm suspicious that it's one of those scientific urban legends.
You might be able to build a space elevator on mars, gravity is lower there, that should make it a lot easier to send stuff home.
Ironically, as gravity reduces and the ease of building a space elevator increases, the costs of the regular alternatives to an elevator decrease.
I wonder if we would ever find anything on Mars that is so rare and expensive that it would be worth fetching it from there? It seems doubtful.
The design of that scoop could affect overall performance by something like ~1%.
They could squeeze another couple of percent out with a coffee can exhaust, easy.