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Gold rush in space? Asteroid miners prepare, but eye water first

Last Updated: Friday, November 22, 2013, 09:00

Mining in space is moving from science fiction to commercial reality but metals magnates on this planet need not fear a mountain of extraterrestrial supply - the aim is to fuel human voyages deeper into the galaxy.

Advancing asteroid could be worth $ 195 bn

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 14:00

The asteroid that is due to whizz past the Earth this week could be worth up to 195 billion dollars in metals and propellant, if it were in a different orbit.

US space company to mine asteroids for precious metals

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 15:23

US space company Deep Space Industries has announced that it will send a fleet of asteroid-prospecting spacecraft out into the solar system to hunt for resources to accelerate space development to benefit Earth.