How do you explore and mine on Mars?

THE answer to that question is also the answer to one of the biggest issues facing the mining sector: how it can sell itself to the sort of skilled people it is trying to attract?

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A true color image of Mars taken by the OSIRIS instrument on the ESA Rosetta spacecraft during its February 2007 flyby of the planet

The mining on Mars comment came at the Future of Mining Sydney 2018 event in the Navigating a Social Mine Field session from National Energy Resources Australia general manager innovation and stakeholder engagement (east coast) Paul Hodgson.

Hodgson, a panel member in the discussion, suggested the mining industry needed to tell the best and brightest it was trying to attract that if they wanted to learn to explore on Mars, they should learn those skills in the Pilbara.

After spending some time out in the rugged Pilbara wilderness, the wilds of the Martian landscape might seem quite homey.

That aside, mining is an industry that can run fleets of autonomous trucks, trains and drill rigs from more than 1000km away.

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