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With metals running low, scientists look to space

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This artist’s concept depicts a catastrophic collision between asteroids in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Asteroids contain metals and other minerals, and potential mining of them has been a topic of discussion for decades. With NASA’s cooperation, by the 2020s for-profit space-mining companies will be sending swarms of tiny satellites to assess the composition of asteroids.