In Order for Asteroid Mining to Become a Reality, We’ll Need Better Telescopes

The idea of mining asteroids for precious mineral deposits has gained steam in recent years, with space mining startups focusing on logistics and governments like Luxembourg positioning themselves as big funders of the sector.

But before we go asteroid mining, we need to figure out where to look — and we don’t have the telescopes available to do proper surveys, according to a new white paper that was discussed this week at a conference in Latvia.

Even with the right telescopes, other considerations are necessary to make asteroid mining a reality.


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