A picture of the Eros asteroid taken by a NASA spacecraft. JPL/JHUAPL/NASA hide caption itoggle caption JPL/JHUAPL/NASA The Two-Way Mine The Asteroids? How About By 2020? April 24, 2012 A new company plans aims to launch unmanned vehicles into space to search for asteroids and mine them for scarce natural resources, including iron and platinum. They'll also look for water.