I am descended from miners, so this maybe a little more interesting for me than some others, but it's important for all.
BBC Science is reporting on an upcoming NASA mission that will see the space agency get up close and personal with asteroids.
While the article doesn't specifically mention mining, it does say this:
The mission's objectives include:
- study internal structure and density
- determine size, composition, shape and mass
- examine surface features and craters
- understand the role of water in controlling asteroid evolution
And anything that gives information on asteroid structure and composition is brining us one step closer to asteroid mining.