Who says the US Congress can’t get anything done? A new law confirms that whatever space miners bring home legally belongs to them. This may be obvious – like the international “high seas” where everybody and nobody owns the resource, and fishermen are free to go out and fish. Freedom is assumed and limitations must be enacted by international groups like the UN.
If Congress’s concern seems premature, consider that companies want some assurances before they invest big dollars in the space industry. I wonder what premium people will pay for a ring of asteroid gold? Or maybe, it’s the rare technology metals that will pay the bills. popsci.com