Following the recent announcement of a project to mine asteroids, much has been made about the audacity of the plan to exploit resources in space. However, Planetary Resources, the operation leading the way, has defined the necessary, incremental improvements to make in space technology and our knowledge of asteroids, in order to extract their water and minerals. Even before extraterrestrial mining becomes a reality, the advances made will have an impact on a number of industries, on Earth and in space. The following article examines where this revolutionary project came from and where it is going next.
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