The dim solar light flickered as the cloud of dust rose from the surface of the asteroid. Three suited figure stood gripping tethers to hold them down against the gentle spin. Gravity was weak. As the dust cleared one of the figures crouched next to the excavation. A suited hand brushed aside the dust that had settled and revealed metallic crystals that glinted in the light. Glints that meant riches beyond imagine.
A group of technology innovators and NASA experts have teamed up to found and fund a company, Planetary Resources, to explore and commercialise the resources available on asteroids and other non-Earth territories. An announcement and update to the website is scheduled for tomorrow, 24 April. Visit the website here: http://www.planetaryresources.com/ See the wiki page here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planetary_Resources