Space mining startups see a rich future on asteroids and the moon

Space mining startups see a rich future on asteroids and the moon

GOLDEN, Colo. — A stream of cash falling from the sky is a tentative but promising harvest from asteroid mining. It is already a “claim-jumping” enterprise with claims that billions, trillions, even quadrillions of dollars loom in deep space, ripe for the picking and grabbing.

Several space mining groups, eager to dig into extraterrestrial mining of asteroids, have already come and gone. Left behind are torn, tattered and beleaguered business plans.

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