Can Congress Grant Private Companies The Right To Mine Asteroids?Mark Strauss8/14/14 3:00pm21523EditPromoteGo to permalinkU.S. companies are eyeing asteroids as the next frontier in lucrative mining ventures. But, they say, their plans are stymied by the vague status of private ownership in space. Earlier this summer, members of Congress introduced a bill to protect property rights for commercial exploitation of asteroids. Is that legal?