Planetary Resources space telescope needs your help to get off the ground

Planetary Resources space telescope needs your help to get off the ground

Summary: Private company Planetary Resource is trying to collect $2 million through crowdfunding to help build a space telescope which will be accessible to the public.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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    Asteroids everywhere

    Thousands of asteroids that we know of are currently orbiting the sun, and about 9,000 of them are relatively near Earth. It's estimated that 1,500 are reachable from Earth.

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    Planetary Resources plans to identify potentially rich asteroids, and then send robot-spacecraft to prospect for valuable resources.

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    Swarm of spacecraft

    The company plans to send its first mining mission to an asteroid that contains water, which can be converted into breathable air, radiation shielding, and rocket fuel.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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  • wow

    Is the figure of $885 million accurate? Has any other crowd funding attempt raised this much money?
    • It's 885 thousand

      The editors are on summer break.
  • The figure must have been a typo

    The figure is actually $885,000.00 not $885,000,000.00

    It must have been a typo.

    --Zechariah Blanchard
    Exosphere Founder
    Zechariah Blanchard
    • Still an impressive sum

  • Howard Schmidt really?

    His name is Eric. How do you get "Howard" from that?
  • kickstarter

    More like 900k now! Here's the link to the kickstarter page -