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Asteroid and lunar mining are stock features of science fiction, but there are those who hope to make them a reality.  While the idea of space mining might seem far-fetched, asteroids and the moon contain useful resources. While space mining probably brings to mind images of belters extracting gold from asteroids, one of the most valuable resources in space is water. Though cheap and plentiful on earth, it is obviously very expensive to transport it into space. While the most obvious use of space water is for human consumption, it also provides a raw material for fuels and has (as on earth) many uses in industry. Naturally, miners will presumably also seek minerals, metals and other resources. Asteroid and lunar mining are stock features of science fiction, but there are those who hope to make them a reality.  While the idea of space mining might seem far-fetched, asteroids and the moon contain useful resources. While space mining probably brings to mind images of belters extracting. . .

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