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By Shane Lasley
Metal Tech News 

Asteroid mining labs are circling Earth

Researchers discover natural minimoons orbiting our planet Metal Tech News – Nov. 25, 2020


Last updated 7/10/2022 at 2:55pm

Minimoon University of Hawaii Vera C. Rubin Observatory Kacper Wierzchos

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Asteroids sometimes enter into an orbit around Earth, becoming natural minimoons that could provide targets for scientific study and to practice asteroid mining techniques.

Natural "minimoons" that temporarily orbit Earth may be interesting targets for both scientific study and to practice asteroid mining techniques.

While Earth is orbited by thousands of artificial satellites and one large natural one, the Moon, it has only been recently that scientists have confirmed that small natural objects are also circling our planet.

About eight years ago, researchers at t...

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