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Could Phobos or Deimos be a good target for mining?

Phobos is not a particularly useful object for mining, at least short term (decades). The location and low escape velocity of Phobos also means care would be required that any attempt to mine it did ...
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If we could mine asteroids, how would we get the stuff mined from said asteroid back to earth?

We probably do not, at least not at scale. There are some minerals (platinum and friends) where 100 tonnes would be meaningful, but for most you need millions of tonnes to be achieve much, and at this ...
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Could asteroid mining benefit human kind?

Put simply, the more we can find and/or make in outer space, the less reliant space settlements will be on regular shipments from Earth. It currently costs an average of \$10,000 to \$25,000 per ...
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If we could mine asteroids, how would we get the stuff mined from said asteroid back to earth?

Getting the minerals from an asteroid to Earth would be relatively easy. For starters, because asteroids have no real discernable gravity, taking off from one would require hardly any rocket fuel. ...
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Using Dragon and Polaris Dawn to dock with near Earth asteroids

Michael MacAskill's answer has talked of limitations of Dragon and the SpaceX space suits, but there is a separate issue with achieving intercept. Near Earth Objects have broadly similar orbits to ...
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Using Dragon and Polaris Dawn to dock with near Earth asteroids

You might be over-estimating the significance of these new EVA suits. They are designed to provide brief protection to exposure to full vacuum. The advance on the previous SpaceX intra-vehicular suits ...
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