Future Asteroid Miners Seek Solid Space Rock Plan

Once thought of as a pipe-dream, exploitation of the solar system's asteroids is being planned by a growing community of asteroid mining companies and scientists.

October 27, 2016
7:00 AM EDT
Artist's concept of NASA's Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) mission, which is on the way to asteroid Bennu. | NASA
Close-up of the asteroid Vesta, as seen by NASA's Dawn mission. Vesta may be partly composed of water ice. | Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA