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The physical human presence may not be needed beyond the near-Earth processing facilities as it would exceed current experience and physiological endurances. One practical solution would be to deploy many autonomous hunter-seeker units which would attach to candidate "Earth-crosser" asteroids and survey companion sources as well as track exact orbits and cycles.

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An important factor to consider in target selection is orbital economics, in particular the change in velocity (Δv) and travel time to and from the target. More of the extracted native material must be expended as propellant in higher Δv trajectories, thus less returned as payload. Direct Hohmann trajectories are faster than Hohmann trajectories assisted by planetary and/or lunar flybys, which in turn are faster than those of the Interplanetary Transport Network, but the latter have lower Δv than the former.Near-Earth asteroids are considered likely candidates for early mining activity.

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Mining considerations, There are three options for mining:Bring raw asteroidal material to Earth for use, Process it on-site to bring back only processed materials, and perhaps produce propellant for the return trip, Transport the asteroid to a safe orbit around the Moon, Earth or to the ISS.[7] This can hypothetically allow for most materials to be used and not wasted.[4] (see Methods for asteroid retrieval or catching).

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NASA has announced a mission to explore the prospect of bringing asteroids close to Earth and mining them for precious resources, and a number of billionaires are getting in on the action. "CBS This Morning" contributor Michio Kaku, a physics professor at the City University of New York, talks about the potential for profit and safety concerns.

Now you can find us on facebook, Please like and share us here https://www.facebook.com/cornucopiam Other news: An important factor to consider in target selection is orbital economics, in particular the change in velocity (Δv) and travel time to and from the target. More of the extracted native material must be expended as propellant in higher Δv trajectories, thus less returned as payload.