However, not all commercial flights are aimed at tourism. Two private companies, Deep Space Industries and Planetary Resources, are now working on plans for off-planet mining operations, primarily looking at asteroids as potentially viable sources of metals and minerals.
While yet to be realized, this isn’t a new concept to movie buffs and science fiction fans. One of the greatest Sci-Fi films ever made took place aboard a mining and refinery ship. And now it looks like life will imitate that aspect of art within the next 4 years. Imagine wearing a necklace or a ring that was not only made in space, but was made from gold that was mined in space as well.
The adventure has already begun, and it’s picking up speed with each passing day.