IGN AU writes: "n the distant future human beings have spread out among the stars to do what we do best: mine the crap out of any scrap of land we can find. As the late, great, Bill Hicks put it: "We're a virus with shoes." In this case big metal shoes that can walk up walls in zero gravity, but we're getting ahead of ourselves.
The Concordance Extraction Corporation (CEC) sends out massive mining ships to slurp up the mineral goodies that asteroids, planets and other astral bodies possess. This isn't offshore drilling, this is off-planet drilling. CEC's custom "Planet Crackers" do exactly as their title suggests for valuable ore."