Asteroid Mining

space rocks

Scientists Map Out How to Nudge Small Asteroids into Earth’s Orbit

A University of Glasgow team explores the subtle art of capturing asteroids without killing everybody.
Becky Ferreira
8.31.18
prognostications

In 'Soonish,' a Scientist/Cartoonist Couple Predict Tomorrow's Technologies

From asteroid mining to brain-computer interfaces, ‘Soonish’ explores ten developing technologies with the power to make the future awesome, awful, or a little of both.
Becky Ferreira
11.6.17
Dear Future

Asteroid Mining Is Our Best Hope for Colonizing Mars

Asteroids will be the unsung heroes that help us become a multiplanetary species.
Daniel Oberhaus
9.14.17
Asteroid Mining

A Weird Canadian Tax Incentive Could Get Space Mining Off the Ground

“Space mining is going to happen whether Canada wants it to or not.”
Bryson Masse
2.16.17
Mining

Why Luxembourg, Of All Places, Is a Global Leader in Asteroid Mining

The tiny European country is betting it all on riches from space.
Robert Mackenzie
12.26.16
London

The US Says Asteroid Mining Is Legal for Americans. What About Everyone Else?

A new US law says American companies can keep resources they obtain in space, but some argue it contravenes international space law.
Victoria Turk
12.1.15
Film

The Most Adorable Film Ever Made About the Perils of Space Capitalism

"Wire Cutters" is cute, compelling, and depressing as hell.
Brian Merchant
8.31.15
News

The US Mulls Breaking an International Treaty So Americans Can Mine Asteroids

"We're taking the right to regulate interstate commerce and have taken it to mean the right to regulate interplanetary commerce."
Jason Koebler
5.14.15
Space

Japan Just Launched an Asteroid-Exploding Probe

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft will blast a hole in asteroid 1999 JU3 come 2018.
Becky Ferreira
12.3.14
Space

Congress Doesn't Have the Power to Make Asteroid Mining Legal

Passing a law isn't going to make the legal mess surrounding asteroid mining go away.
Jason Koebler
9.12.14
Motherboard Blog

NASA's Actually Thinking About Capturing an Asteroid and Bringing It Home

No April Fools: Putting an astronaut on an asteroid is a lot easier when it's in your backyard.
Amy Shira Teitel
3.29.13