The time to take advantage of the unlimited space resources that surround our planet has come. Asteroid mining is the exploitation of raw materials from asteroids, and it is a necessary step in humanity’s journey to becoming a spacefaring civilization.
Asteroids are small, rocky objects orbiting around the Sun. Some of them contain plenty of precious metals like platinum and gold, and that makes them extremely valuable, some of them being worth trillions of dollars.
Most asteroids can be found in the Main Belt, which lies between the orbit of Mars and Jupiter. But what interests us is a special class of asteroids, called Near Earth Asteroids (NEAs).
We don’t know for sure, but this quote might give you an idea of how much money this ground-breaking industry might generate:
The first trillionaire in the world will be the person who mines asteroids.
Neil deGrasse Tyson