Posts from the ‘Asteroids’ Category

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via Neil deGrasse Tyson

So sweet of them!

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The B612 Foundation is serious about protecting us all from those pesky asteroids, and in the last several years they’ve raised the money to build and launch a satellite designed for the purpose of keeping an eye on them. Through the Sentinel satellite, they hope to discover and track most of the asteroids floating around Earth (a surprising amount: more than half a million). 

Maybe Planetary Resources (the asteroid mining company) will pay to piggy-back a few extra sensors so we know what those asteroids contain. 

Join visionary Peter H. Diamandis, M.D.; leading commercial space entrepreneur Eric Anderson; former NASA Mars mission manager Chris Lewicki; and planetary scientist & veteran NASA astronaut Tom Jones, Ph.D. on Tuesday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m. PDT in Seattle, or via webcast, as they unveil a new space venture with a mission to help ensure humanity’s prosperity. Supported by an impressive investor and advisor group, including Google’s Larry Page & Eric Schmidt, Ph.D.; film maker & explorer James Cameron; Chairman of Intentional Software Corporation and Microsoft’s former Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi, Ph.D.; Founder of Sherpalo and Google Board of Directors founding member K. Ram Shriram; and Chairman of Hillwood and The Perot Group Ross Perot, Jr., the company will overlay two critical sectors – space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP. This innovative start-up will create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources’.
I don’t know how feasible this is, but the article states within 20 years is definitely possible. Think about it though, asteroid mining! We are in the future. Even if it doesn’t work out, or is something completely different, what non-cool things can come out of all these really rich, creative people doing huge things in space? I’m excited.

Big space firm announcement: Possibly asteroid mining?