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Asteroid Mining Gallery: Planetary Resources to Mine Space Rocks

Meet Planetary Resources

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Planetary Resources will help sustain humanity’s future by accessing the vast resources of space, company officials say.

Accessible Resources

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Many asteroids are in Earth-like orbits that offer accessible resources.

Leo Space Telescope

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Planetary Resources has developed a space telescope with remote sensing capability. Data gathered from near-Earth asteroids will assist in analyzing the composition of the bodies to determine a commercial value.

Near-Earth Asteroid

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Near-Earth asteroids contain a vast supply of natural resources.

Asteroid Prospecting

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Planetary Resources, Inc. plans to send robotic probes out to prospect near-Earth asteroids, gauging their potential stores of water and platinum-group metals.

Swarm of Spacecraft on an Asteroid

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Swarms of low-cost robotic spacecraft will enable extraction of resources from near-Earth asteroids.

Thousands of Asteroids

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Nearly 9,000 near-Earth asteroids are known today, and more than 1,500 of them are easier to reach than the surface of the moon, researchers say.

Capturing a Water-Rich Asteroid

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Small, water-rich near-Earth asteroids can be captured by spacecraft, allowing their resources to be extracted, officials with the new company Planetary Resources say.

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