The why and how of space mining [infographic]

Japanese scientists are preparing to launch a probe to carry out mineral exploration on an asteroid.

The exploration satellite will arrive at the asteroid in 2018, when it will fire a projectile into the asteroid to blast off material, gather the loose material and then return to Earth.

In a series of infographics from space and asteroid mining company Planetary Resources, we explore interplanetary mining in depth.

Infographics: Planetary Resources

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