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"The idea I want to push next is that the United States should make Siberia a Protectorate. Pay the Russians off – a hundred, two hundred billion dollars – and simply run Siberia in an ecologically responsible way."
- Gregory Benford

Meteor Miner  
  Someone who roams the solar system, hunting for metal in meteors.  

First use of this helpful phrase.

The officers of interplanetary liners lose no love upon the meteor miners, claiming that their collected masses of metal, almost helpless, always underpowered, are menaces to navigation.
From Salvage in Space, by Jack Williamson.
Published by Astounding Stories in 1933
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In today's parlance, a meteoroid is a small asteroid, less than a meter in diameter. You'd call it a meteor if it entered the atmosphere and a meteorite if you found it on the ground.

Compare to asteroid mining from Edison's Conquest of Mars (1898) by Garrett P. Serviss and asteroid mine from Love Among The Robots (1940) by Emmett McDowell.

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