Anyone else seen the recent news flurry about a new US company, Planetary Resources Inc, which is planning to go into the asteroid mining business? The BBC covered it on Tuesday this week at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-17827347 . Alongside the emerging private spaceflight industry in America, however, embronic that still is, does this suggest a real change in fortunes for space exploration (and exploitation) in the post-Shuttle era?
I found it interesting that, almost a year on from the setting up of Planetary Resources, NASA announced as part of their new Budget Plan that they intend to start doing the preparatory work needed to develop an asteroid rendezvous and return mission. Anyone else seen that story? I saw it at: