In a recent TV interview, cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson gushed about the prospects of mining in space and the benefits that it might afford humanity: How about mining an asteroid for natural resources? [. . . ] There are more natural resources on asteroids than have ever been mined in the history of the Earth. So in 100 years [. . .] all wars over limited resources are over because we have access to the unlimited resources of our backyard and that new backyard is our Solar ...

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