Mining Asteroids

There has been recent discussion about how the private sector wants to mine asteroids out in space for valuable ores and other materials. Martin Elvis argues in favor of this program in Nature, saying that it will lower the costs of space exploration and will only bring increased knowledge. I agree. I’m just continually surprised to learn how advanced our current technology for exploring space is, that mining asteroids could even be something the private sector could start doing. It seems so futuristic, like it’s straight out of the Firefly universe or something. But I think it’s great! What are your thoughts on the subject?

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