The mission could open the door for private entrepreneurs like James Cameron and the founders of Google, who recently announced they want to mine platinum and gold from asteroids flying by Earth."Such an achievement has the potential to inspire a nation," reads a feasibility study of the $2.6 billion plan furnished by the Keck Institute for Space Studies. "It would be mankind's first attempt at modifying the heavens to enable the permanent settlement of humans in space." Via WMUR-TV and NBC.
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