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Technological Challenges Aside, Is Asteroid Mining Legal?

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Technological Challenges Aside, Is Asteroid Mining Legal?

From Rebecca Boyle's article in Popular Science:

Some space colonization advocates argue that guaranteeing ownership of celestial real estate is a necessary precursor to developing that real estate. Just last month, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank, proposed that the U.S. recognize off-planet property rights to spur space development.