Is asteroid mining closer to reality than previously thought?

OSIRIS-REx - Asteroid Bennu sample site finalists. Credit: NASA.

Asteroid mining has received a lot of attention, both as a possible way of addressing resource shortages and as a way of reducing the environmental impact of mining on Earth. While it is assumed that asteroid mining is still a far-off dream, the recent Planetary and Terrestrial Mining Science Symposium may suggest otherwise.

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About Craig Bamford

Craig is a graduate of Carleton's Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, focused on conflict studies. Naturally, this means he writes on the Internet about gaming, tech, and speculative fiction. He lives in Toronto.