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New venture aims to mine nearby asteroids

Entrepreneurs invest in the next space frontier

WASHINGTON - Asteroids have made people nervous for several decades now, ever since scientists declared that a large object from space smashed into the Earth 65 million years ago and put the kibosh on the Age of Dinosaurs. But now some entrepreneurs and tech tycoons are declaring that there is money in those space rocks.

Asteroids are full of water and precious metals. The water could be processed to create fuel depots for spaceships; the metals can be mined and brought to Earth.

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