|A 22-mile wide asteroid, 433 Erros could contain trillions of dollars of precious metals, but its ownership debatable. CREDIT: NASA|
We haven't even begun to work on the big task of getting to the asteroids to mine them for their precious metals. There is a topic that you may be wondering. Who owns rights to the asteroids?
According to Planetary Resources co-founder Eric Anderson, a US company has the right to an asteroid and its resources. He also says that its a goal of the US government to enable and promote such commercial activities in space.
This is the United States view on asteroids, but there is a 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty that may say otherwise.