Deep Space Exploration – Looking for Planetary Paydirt

Here’s the claim: A “miner” breakthrough is needed to develop and utilize the resources of space, be they from asteroids, the Moon or Mars. The solar system is a heaven-sent treasure trove — a bounty, ready and waiting, of metals and materials that can fortify humankind’s outward reach into the cosmos. Experts from NASA, federal research labs, industry, universities, and private groups met here October 24-26 at the Colorado School of Mines, taking part in a “Space Resources Utilization Roundtable.” New spacecraft data clearly picture the inner and outer solar system as a prospector’s paradise.