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Asteroid Mining Mission Revealed by Planetary Resources, Inc.

Planetary Resources' mission is mine near-Earth asteroids for raw materials, ranging from water to precious metals. Through the development of cost-effective exploration technologies, the company is poised to initiate prospecting missions targeting resource-rich asteroids that are easily accessible.

Resource extraction from asteroids will deliver multiple benefits to humanity and could be valued at billions of dollars annually. The effort will tap into the high concentration of precious metals found on asteroids and provide a sustainable supply to the ever-growing population on Earth.

The founders said they will launch their first spacecraft within 24 months, and eventually build ‘gas stations’ in space to enable deep space exploration. »

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