It will be one near-miss for man. But a new breed of space entrepreneurs hope it will presage one giant leap for mankind.
When Asteroid 2012-DA14 hurtles past Earth February 15 in what counts as the closest of cosmic calls, U.S. government scientists will be closely tracking its path from NASA’s observatory in the Californian desert.
Not least thanks to the attention of Hollywood, the world’s interest in asteroid fly-bys has until now been focused on the danger of a cataclysmic collision.
As Earth's precious resources run low, some companies are looking skyward to replenish our planet's supply of rare metals and other key elements. Deep Space Industries plans to launch a fleet of small spacecraft in 2015 to scope out potential asteroid mining targets. These probes, called FireFlies, would return to Earth with samples.
By Stocks & Shares:Google (GOOG) co-founder Larry Page, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, filmmaker James Cameron, and other notable investors are backing a NEA (near earth asteroid) mining venture called Planetary Resources.
Last year, in an effort to tackle the 'myths' surrounding the belief that the world would end on December 21st, NASA set up a website to debunk theories about 'Mayan Prophecies', and even released a video explaining why Armageddon was not imminent.
PASADENA, Calif. — Surrounded by engineers, NASA chief Charles Bolden inspected a prototype spacecraft engine that could power an audacious mission to lasso an asteroid and tow it closer to Earth for astronauts to explore.
Bolden checked on the progress Thursday a month after the Obama administration unveiled its 2014 budget that proposes $105-million to jumpstart the mission, which may eventually cost more than $2.6-billion.
The European Space Agency doesn’t want us to all die in a fiery doomsday when an asteroid hits the Earth, so the inter-governmental organization wants your help developing a plan of action to stop the deadly armageddon.
“ESA is appealing for research ideas to help guide the development of a US–European asteroid deflection mission now under study,” the agency said in a statement.
The ESA’s best bet for getting rid of rogue asteroids? A “hypervelocity impact.”