The!exploitation!of!space!mineral!resources!is!becoming!a!commercial! space!endeavor!for!the!benefit!of!humanity!and!profit.!In!2012,!the!IAA! approved!a!broad!study!of!the!technology,!economics,!legal!and!policy! aspects!of!identifying,!obtaining,!and!using!these!resources.!In!2013!and! 2014,! multiple! commercial! ventures! announced! their! intentions! to! initiate! human!(and!robotic)!missions!to!the!Moon,!Mars!and!asteroids.!! The! question! on! the! table! is! not! how! to! leverage! space! mineral! resources,!but!how'best!to!leverage!them.!!The!purpose!of!this!study!is!to! provide,!in!one!document,!the!current!state!of!the!art!of!the!technology,! economics,! law! and! policy! related! to! Space! Mineral! Resource! (SMR)! opportunities.! The! study! will! make! specific! recommendations! for! moving!forward!and!provide!a!brief!analysis!of!opportunities.!!

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