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If humans eventually want to become a space-faring species, we’ll need to be able to collect basic resources, like water, straight from the space environment; it’s too expensive and risky to send everything up from Earth, most experts agree.

As such, multiple companies are now trying to initiate a space mining industry, which could provide those basic resources for space travelers, or for robotic space operations. In the future, asteroids or the moon could even provide humans with resources that are rare on Earth, such as precious metals.

Read more: http://www.space.com/34774-whats-next-for-space-mining.html