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It has been said that the world's first trillionaires will be the ones who make their fortune in mining... asteroid mining! Over the years, this eventuality has been predicted by people like famed futurist Peter Diamandis, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and financial firm Goldmann Sachs.

While the concept has been the stuff of science fiction for decades, it's only in the past few years that it's come to be viewed as a serious possibility. This had led to the creation of asteroid mining firms and the passage of legislation that recognizes the right of companies to prospect, claim, and extract space-based resources.

With multiple companies now emerging for the express purpose of asteroid prospecting, exploration, and mining, it is clear that the idea is moving from the realm of science fiction into the world of science fact.

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