Asteroids

Mining Asteroids
5:15 pm
Tue April 24, 2012

Bellevue Company Announces Ambitious Effort to Mine Asteroids

Small, water-rich, Near-Earth Asteroids can be captured by spacecraft, allowing their resources to be extracted.
Photo courtesy Planetary Resources

A new Bellevue-based company has announced plans that sound like they come straight out of science fiction. Planetary Resources intends to send robots to nearby asteroids, and mine them for metals and other resources. The venture is backed by billionaires, rocket scientists, and a Hollywood director.

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