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An artist's concept of a mining settlement on the double asteroid 90 Antiope, located in the main asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. | Stocktrek Images/Getty Images
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In Order for Asteroid Mining to Become a Reality, We'll Need Better Telescopes

A paper presented at a planetary science conference reflects the input of engineers and asteroid scientists to discuss the best approaches for space mining.

September 20, 2017
11:14 AM EDT
A montage of 17 of the 18 asteroids and comets that have been photographed up close as of August 2014, when Rosetta arrived at comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. | Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL / JHUAPL / UMD / JAXA / ESA / OSIRIS team / Russian Academy of Sciences / China National Space Agency