Space.comSpaceflightPrivate Spaceflight Poll: Will Asteroid Mining Open Up New Space Frontier? By SPACE.com Staff | April 23, 2012 09:49pm ET MORE Will audacious asteroid mining projects like those of Planetary Resources open up a new space frontier? Yes! Humanity is taking the next giant leap to the stars. Maybe - Asteroid mining is super cool, but only results will matter. No! Let's not strip-mine the solar system after the damage we've done to Earth.