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Officials this new American companies -- they have a plan to last so asteroids.
In the Earth's orbit and then mine them for precious metals and minerals.
Gold platinum and alike in fact NASA scientists estimate the value of minerals in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter would be enough to give everybody on earth.
100 billion dollars.
So do that.
So far only -- space probe has returned to earth when an asteroid sample.
Dan Springer is in our Seattle newsroom this afternoon it and yes -- one of the companies in this race to the asteroids as.
Planetary resources based here in Bellevue Washington.
They built this tiny spacecraft but to be high designed to land on an asteroid take pictures.
And measurements of the humans back here on earth can pick out the best rots for mining.
Among their investors Microsoft and Google billionaires and Ross Perot junior.
The privatization of space is well under way a company called SpaceX is giving rise in space but even these entrepreneurs admit government will play a role.
It's important that we -- on a partnership with the government in these endeavors this really is an investment.
In the future of the United States and you all of humanity.
The goal is to be able to use the water in metals in the asteroids to -- deeper space the space exploration and one day colonization.
But there are real questions about who can stake a claim to the -- Anything a private person does an outer space.
The country they come from is responsible for what they do.
So there's some people -- saying that means that you can't go out there and own anything.
A legal or not these space miners say that they will be making money in about a decade.
Champion there's a lot of it -- infect the minerals and metals in an average sized asteroid.
Would be worth around thirty billion dollars here on earth.
That's according to the scientists at NASA.
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