Mining Space: Whither NASA?

While the “pickings” might be good for mining the Moon or crushing up asteroids, creating markets and making money on the space frontier currently is more prophet than profit. NASA may be the linchpin in the equation that describes the mining of space resources, said some international space experts who met this week at the Colorado School of Mines for a Space Resources Round Table. Participants are taking a short-term and far-future look at utilizing the abundance of available space resources scattered throughout the solar system. NASA is on the cusp of introducing a new strategy for supporting human space exploration, said John Mankins of NASA