Asteroid of Gold by Clifford Simak:
Science Fiction Inventions, Technology and Ideas

Two brothers have found a rich source of asteroid gold! But their presence is noticed by the worst claim-jumping space pirate of them all.

"It has been said with some truth that successful exploration of new lands must be made by young men. For aside from the careful planning that is necessary, the most important element in exploration is the ability to meet the numberless new conditions that arise and to take advantage of them.

('The Asteroid of Gold' by Clifford Simak)
With all of his strength he heaved a rock
straight away from him, moved backward.
Another thrown rock . . . another . , . another . .

"Certainly that should also be true in the exploration of space and on other worlds. The man from earth whose mental habits are fixed will have great difficulty in accustoming himself to the peculiarities of areas of no gravitation; of worlds on which the atmosphere, temperature and other natural conditions are so different from those on the earth. It may well be that success or disaster will depend on quick thinking in a crisis, which means the ability to take instantaneous advantage of an unusual situation.

"This story, short but exciting, is a case in point."

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Asteroid Mining (Blasting)
Setting charges on an asteroid.

Ship's Magnetic Plates (Magnetic Mooring)
Keeps a mining ship attached to the surface of an asteroid. is devoted to the creative inventions of science fiction authors and movie makers. Look for the Science Fiction Invention Category that interests you, the Glossary of Science Fiction Inventions, the Timeline of Science Fiction Inventions, or see what's New.
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