(DESIGN & TREND) — NASA is planning on a new project that will create a new source of revenue. Asteroid mining is the future and two companies have already signed contracts with Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources with the intent of pursuing the project.

The groups are working on finding a sustainable strategy of gathering resources in space.

Bringing in resources from space to Earth can cost anywhere between $5,000 to $25,000. Therefore, harvesting resources in space is the main option the companies are looking at. They are also searching for asteroids close to Earth that host ice, minerals, metals, silicate minerals and carbonaceous minerals. They are still keeping an open eye toward the option of bringing the resources to Earth.

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