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Mining On The Moon - Will Earth's Future Depend on Off-Earth Reserves?

Fables have declared for millennia that the Moon, one of the most influential planets in our solar system, is made of green cheese.

The legend arose from an ancient tale that described how a wolf was convinced by his prey, a wiley fox, that the moon's reflection in a pool was a tasty round cheese. The hapless wolf was persuaded to...
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Mining Mars

NASA's Curiosity rover has bored into a Martian rock and pulled out its first sample of the planet's insides to analyze. This could be the first step to mining Mars.

In New Scientist, Lisa Grossman quotes NASA's Louise Jandura as saying, "This is the only time anybody's drilled into Mars. Getting deeper into the rock allows us...
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Internet CEOs Bankroll Asteroid Mining

A new gold rush is on! Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt (along with filmmaker James Cameron) are backing a plan to mine gold and other precious metals from asteroids.

They've formed a company called Planetary Resources, which will start out by developing...
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Who Owns That Asteroid?

When US astronauts planted an American flag on the moon, it made other countries nervous because it seemed as if our country might be "claiming" it. Now space lawyers say that the international legal system must be improved and expanded before any products that are...
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