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WINE Spacecraft To Extract Water From Asteroids

The WINE (World Is Not Enough) spacecraft program seeks to develop a method of extracting water from asteroids for use as a propellant.

Fans of Golden Age great Raymond Z. Gallun of course recall the atom-driven drill from the ominously-named story Asteroid of Fear:

The next task prescribed by the Homesteaders' School was to secure a supply of air and water in quantity. Again, following the instructions they had received, the Endlichs uncrated and set up an atom-driven drill. In an hour it had bored to a depth of five-hundred feet. Hauling up the drill, Endlich lowered an electric heating unit on a cable from an atomic power-cell, and then capped the casing pipe.

Yes, strangely enough there was still sufficient water beneath the surface of Vesta.
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