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Into deep space: second U.S. firm takes aim at mining asteroids

Officials from Deep Space Industries announce their plans for the world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Officials from Deep Space Industries announce their plans for the world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Officials from Deep Space Industries announce their plans for the world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn
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A boy wearing a NASA flight suit attends the Deep Space Industries announcement of their plans for the world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

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A boy wearing a NASA flight suit attends the Deep Space Industries announcement of their plans for the world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn
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Officials from Deep Space Industries announce their plans for the world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Officials from Deep Space Industries announce their plans for the world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Officials from Deep Space Industries announce their plans for the world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn
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Meteorites sit on a display table at the Deep Space Industries announcement of plans for the world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

Meteorites sit on a display table at the Deep Space Industries announcement of plans for the world's first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft at the Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, California, January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan...more

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