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This Mining Company Plans to Land on an Asteroid in Three Years

If Deep Space Industries has its way, there’ll be a small robotic lander on a nearby asteroid in just three years. That’s the latest phase of the California-based asteroid mining company’s plan to bring about an outer space real estate boom by creating a resource supply chain off Earth. Read More >>

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The First Private Company Just Received Permission to Travel Beyond Earth’s Orbit

In a world first, a US-based company has been granted permission to travel beyond Earth’s orbit into deep space. Moon Express, founded in 2010 by billionaire tech entrepreneur Naveen Jain, just received clearance from aviation authorities to send a robotic probe to the moon’s surface to scout it for valuable resources. Read More >>

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A Tiny, Water-Powered Spacecraft Could Be the First to Mine Asteroids

A few months back, Luxembourg—a tiny country better known for world-class pastries—announced its intention to become a leader in asteroid mining. Now, Luxembourg has revealed the first step in its plan to fill the banking vaults with space-grade platinum: a small, water-powered spacecraft. Read More >>

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A New Sensor Can Sniff Out Gold Inside Space Rocks

There’s gold in them thar asteroids—if only we could find it. Well, and get to it, extract it, and haul it back to Earth. You know, details. But that first part just got easier, thanks to a clever new sensor designed to sniff out gold, platinum, and even diamond inside asteroids. Read More >>

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Dust from Asteroid Mining Could Turn Into Another Space Junk Hazard

There is gold out there on asteroids. Silver and platinum and titanium, too. And if we’re seriously going to mine asteroids, it might be easier to tow them closer to Earth. But that could be serious trouble for satellites, according to new calculations by astrophysicists. Read More >>

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Japan’s Decade-Long Mission to Mine an Asteroid

1999 JU3: It doesn't sound like a very noteworthy name. It's just one of more than 5,000 Apollo-class asteroids. But 1999 JU3 could become a household name if Japan succeeds in mining it—a mission that JAXA has struggled with for decades, often disastrously. And on Sunday, it revealed the probe that could redeem it. Read More >>

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Hold On Cameron, Not So Fast — Who Exactly Owns Those Asteroids You’re Planning to Plunder?

Lawyers always seem to just right around the corner ready to ruin our fun. Just weeks after Cameron and Google et al announced their madcap plan to go into space and mine those asteroids for precious bounty, Planetary Resources looks like it might be bogged down in red tape before it’s even got off the ground. Read More >>