Space-faring for humans is apparently going to be necessarily cost effective. Since humans are unable to accomplish anything without a positive ROI we're going to need to make space mining lucrative. Once it gets to the point where mining asteroids is more cost effective then operating a terrestrial mine we will see vast explorations into the far reaches of the solar system.
no joke - if EVE is any example then asteroid mining is gonna be way important, if for no other reason than to give pirates something to lock.
Work smarter, not harder, and be careful of your speling.