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How much is an asteroid worth?

 
KoFFee_
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How much is an asteroid worth?
When asteroid 2012 DA14 flies by Earth today, we could be watching a fortune fly over our heads and disappear into the void.

DA14 could be worth up to $195 billion in metals and propellant, Deep Space Industries (DSI) said in a statement — if it were in a different orbit … and if we had a space-based asteroid mining operation.

Which we don’t. Problem is, explains DSI, sending fuel, water, and building materials into high Earth orbit costs at least $10 million per ton, even using new lower-cost launch vehicles [like the SpaceX Dragon] just now coming into service.

Nonetheless, DSI, Planetary Resources, and independent experts are aggressively exploring promising future options for asteroid mining.


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However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task
the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24

"This man really is the Savior of the world!" John 4:42

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, " says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:7

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Re: How much is an asteroid worth?
Interesting thought, Koffee!

We'd want it, but then again we don't.

Kind of funny!



hf
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Re: How much is an asteroid worth?

Friday’s Asteroid Worth Nearly Three Times as Much as World’s Richest Man, Is Still So Lonely in Space


Haha what: “The space rock set to give Earth a historically close shave this Friday, February 15, may be worth nearly $200 billion,
prospective asteroid miners say,” per Space.com.

Two questions: Astroid? Miners? We had always assumed Michael Bay had just invented this profession during the filming (and probably concurrent scriptwriting!) of Armageddon!


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However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task
the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24

"This man really is the Savior of the world!" John 4:42

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, " says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:7

I do not own the rights to any video posted, they are for educational/entertainment purposes only.
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Re: How much is an asteroid worth?
Together, all of the asteroids in our Solar System add up to only about one hundredth the mass of Earth. Yet these asteroidal resources could support a population thousands of times greater than our home planet. On Earth, we can only mine the outer few miles of crust, and drill only a little deeper than that. But asteroids, with nearly no gravity and no internal magma, are entirely accessible to our technologies. And of course, they are dead rocks with no ecosystems to disrupt.

Asteroids mostly reside in a wide range of orbits between Mars and Jupiter. There are an estimated 1,000,000 asteroids in the main belt that are at least one kilometer (0.6 miles) in diameter. Most of these are rich, carbonaceous chondrites, full of the stuff of life. Perhaps 5% are nickel-iron. Millions more reside in the libration points in Jupiter’s orbit.


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However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task
the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24

"This man really is the Savior of the world!" John 4:42

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, " says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:7

I do not own the rights to any video posted, they are for educational/entertainment purposes only.
KoFFee_ (OP)

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Re: How much is an asteroid worth?
Interesting thought, Koffee!

We'd want it, but then again we don't.

Kind of funny!



hf
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Sounds too sci-fi for me to believe. Reminds me of one of my favorite programs I watched when I was younger--"Lost in Space"



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However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task
the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24

"This man really is the Savior of the world!" John 4:42

Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him;
and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, " says the Lord God, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelation 1:7

I do not own the rights to any video posted, they are for educational/entertainment purposes only.
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Re: How much is an asteroid worth?
Don't know,go to ground zero,catch it,sell it and return to let us know.

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