Space Law: Is Asteroid Mining Legal? | Wired Science | Wired.com

By Berin Szoka and James Dunstan

Can a private company claim ownership of an asteroid based on sending a probe out to it? Can it at least get exclusive mining rights? Would it own the gold, platinum or other materials mined from the asteroid?

Last week, a new private company, Planetary Resources announced an ambitious plan to prospect […]

Mining asteroids for water and platinum? Planetary Resources co-founders Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson say it can be a reality soon

Imagine a mission to dock with an asteroid to extract water and platinum. Might sound more like the 1998 blockbuster “Armageddon,” but if one company has it’s way it will be reality very soon.

Today, a new company called “Planetary Resources” is announcing it will do just that. The plan: To look for water […]