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Space Exploration
3:24 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Bellevue-based asteroid miners plan public space telescope

The "space selfie:" donors can get a picture of their face in space (seen here in an artist's rendering).
Planetary Resoruces

A company devoted to space exploration is planning to make an orbiting telescope available to students, scientists, and space enthusiasts.

Bellevue-based asteroid mining company Planetary Resources hopes to eventually extract rare minerals from asteroids. But first the company must prospect, which will involve a fleet of space-based telescopes. Now the company has announced it will deploy an extra telescope for public use, paid for by a crowdfunding campaign on the website Kickstarter.

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space exploration
11:02 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Before attacking asteroids, they'll surround Earth with telescopes

This computer-generated image provided by Planetary Resources, a group of high-tech tycoons that wants to mine nearby asteroids, shows a conceptual rendering of satellites prospecting a water-rich, near-Earth asteroid.
The Associated Press

Whether they ever manage to get any platinum out of an asteroid, Bellevue-based Planetary Resources could become known for surrounding Earth with telescopes.  

That’s the first item in the “prospecting” stage of the space company’s effort to get precious metals from asteroids, using robotic space-craft.

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Science wonders
3:17 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

NASA releases video of giant asteroid heading toward Earth

From Slate, NASA has released a short video (above) of the 1,300-foot-wide asteroid that came within 202,000 miles of Earth this week.

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