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(Image: Deep Space Industries)
Many think asteroid mining will be a profitable business venture. Private companies have already started planning and obtaining funding for research.
Deep Space Industries is one company with asteroid-mining ambitions.
(Image: The Space Venture)
The Space Venture
Here's what a spacecraft from The Space Venture might look like.
The asteroid that NASA is planning to grab has not yet been determined. Here are some examples of ones that we've been able to sight.
2005 YU55 made what is considered to be a near miss in 2011, when it passed about 860,000 miles from Earth.