Mining Asteroids

The announcement of the formation of a new asteroid – mining company named Planetary Resources, Belevue, Washington, may herald the first initiations to study and mine asteroids for their mineral wealth. It may sound bizzare and impractical at the moment but as commented by Martin Elevis in his Nature Worldview (31 st May 2012 pg. 549) – “a smallish asteroid, about 200m across a rich in platinum could be worth $20 billion”. Those interested in the pros and cons and prospects of asteroid mining may visit: http://www.nature.com/nature

MSR/14 July 2012

Source: (Nature V. 485, 31 st May 2012) Author Martin Elvis P-549