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Mines On Asteroids: Here Is How We Will Do

In the previous video “Asteroid mining: science fiction or new frontier?” we talked about why it seems necessary for the human species to turn its attention to the exploitation of mineral resources outside its home planet. But between necessity and feasibility there is a sea of technical and even legal problems. Nothing really insuperable, but the smell of a design vagueness that will certainly not allow to grasp the results of so much work before the end of this century.
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The first to do so was NASA in 2001, when the NEAR probe landed on the asteroid 433 Eros, one of the largest and best known NEOs, about 33 km long.
Without forgetting that just in these months the NASA mission Osiris-Rex has landed on the asteroid Bennu, with the task of collecting material to bring home in 2023.
But the most significant precedent for future space miners is the lesser known one of the Japanese probe Hayabusa (“peregrine falcon” in Japanese). Launched in 2003 and equipped with a futuristic ion engine, in 2005, after a journey of over 290 million kilometers, Hayabusa landed on the Itokawa asteroid

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