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“They [asteroids] are the low-hanging fruit of the solar system,” said Eric Anderson, an American aerospace engineer and co-founder of Planetary Resources, which lists Google’s Larry Page and Virgin billionaire Richard Branson among its backers.

Without any major technological advances, scientists claim that many minerals like zinc and gold could run out in a 100 years, so companies, such as Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries, are working toward an alternative solution to this pending problem: asteroid mining. Continue Reading…