I've been thinking and writing a lot about the ex-terranean, for the book On the Exterranean, which is almost done. An article in the Guardian today reminds me that the concept will take on its full force as a singular kind of material connection once "mining" no longer means, by default, "mining the planet." The newspaper reports that Luxembourg this week aims to play a major role in asteroid mining; which comes indeed after November's decision by the US to grant "space resource rights," meaning that--and despite the international treaty that would seem to make this impossible, miners of asteroids or other planets would be able to keep whatever they find. I'll forego the obvious comments on this. Twenty years from now, I'll perhaps be writing a new book, then, On the Ex-Asteroidean, about what these bits of asteroids, brought down to Earth, "mean," what we "do" with them, how we perceive them, etc.
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