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Congress on Asteroid Mining Resource Obtained in Outer Space Belong to the Entity That Obtained it

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Power corporations have recently announced plans to mine asteroids for precious metals and other materials.

And they are trying to circumnavigate current law.

The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 — a UN treaty signed by 102 countries, including the US — bans countries from appropriating any astronomical bodies. But there’s a dispute over whether this would apply to private companies mining asteroids.

Congress seems to be arguing that it does not (likely due to heavy handed lobbying efforts). On Wednesday, a House subcommittee discussed a new law that would explicitly give companies ownership over any materials they extract from an asteroid.

[SOURCE](http://www.vox.com/2014/9/11/6135973/asteroid-mining-law-polic)

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