So, there's mining asteroid belts, gas clouds, ice belts, and mining moons.  Here is where we talk for a moment about mining planets.  In Eve, this is referred to as Planetary Interaction or PI (pee-eye).  Unlike other types of mining, this one is just set up and tend to once a week.  It's easy, but with each type of mining, this yields a different set of products that are necessary to build Tech 2 ships, drones, modules, fuel blocks, and a myriad of other items in game.