Philae landing: era of outer space mining starts to emerge

Shortly after the landing had been confirmed, a visibly excited Chris Lewicki, president and chief executive at Planetary Resources, said: “This is the first time in history that we’ve had something that was designed to go down to the surface of one of these small bodies of comets and asteroids and really study its surface.” Courtesy of ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA.