NASA contracts two firms to work on asteroid mining

November 24, 2014 9:12 PM

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"A profitable asteroid industry is upon us," said David Gump, marketing director for Deep Space Industries.

Both companies have been forging plans to launch asteroid-landing probes for months-long stints on near Earth objects -- with the aim of extracting valuable resources. Although such expeditions could theoretically return to Earth with valuable minerals, the financial viability of the concept relies ...

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