Space Mining

The costs run high and the returns are not immediate but extraterrestrial mining is now within the realms of the probable. Beyond gaining access to precious commodities, many in the space industry see such ventures as leading to further exploration of outer space

Luxembourg sets sights on extraterrestrial extraction industry

National statutes fill in some of the blanks of UN treaty written for cold war era

Asteroids are the Jekyll and Hyde of the solar system

New space-funds ‘barometer’ will show areas that drive growth

Making organs from stem cells should be easier in low gravity environment

John Thornhill on whether big government or big business will fund future space exploration

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