I am an Architecture and Urbanism student. Currently I am working on designing a space habitat for mineral mining on Ceres.
I have been reading about space mining techniques mostly on near Earth asteroids which are far smaller in size and mass than Ceres. I read that due to very low gravity it is not possible to use conventional methods like open pit mining, etc. on these asteroids.
Ceres is one of the largest asteroid and it's composition is quite similar to terrestrial planets. I had read that although it has low surface gravity, it is still sufficient for humans to walk on it. So does that mean it is possible to use conventional mining techniques in this case?