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How Valuable is Asteroid Mining?

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Published on Jan 19, 2016

Episode 4 of 5

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In June 2015, asteroid UW-158 came within 2 kilometers of Earth with an estimated $5 trillion (with a "t") worth of platinum buried within its core.

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Previous Episode:

Why Do We Want To Capture An Asteroid?: https://youtu.be/DFUu3brOpSw?list=PLw...

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Sources:

Watch Live As A Platinum Asteroid Worth Trillions Of Dollars Flies Past Earth:
http://www.iflscience.com/space/watch...

“Asteroid UW-158 is set to wizz past Earth today, carrying an estimated five trillion dollars in platinum. Spectroscopic analysis has revealed the composition of the asteroid, and made it a prime target for future asteroid-mining missions."

First detailed images of rare asteroid to pass close by Earth on 19 July:
http://astronomynow.com/2015/07/19/fi...

“Asteroid 436724 (2011 UW158) was discovered on 25 October 2011 by Pan-STARRS 1 at Haleakala. It is 300 by 600 metres in size with a fast rotational period of 37 minutes, orbiting the Sun every 2.06 years. "

Goldstone-GBT Radar Images of 2011 UW158:
http://echo.jpl.nasa.gov/asteroids/20...


“Delay-Doppler images of 2011 UW158 obtained on July 18, 2015 using DSS-14 to transmit and GBT to receive. Resolution is 7.5 m x 5 Hz. Range increases down and Doppler frequency increases to the right. The images span a little more than 1 rotation of the object. It rotates once every 36 minutes."

Planetary Resources & 3D Systems Reveal First Ever 3D Printed Object From Asteroid Metals:
http://www.planetaryresources.com/201...

“The future of space colonization and industrialization can now be visualized. Planetary Resources, in collaboration with our partner 3D Systems, have developed the first ever direct metal print from asteroid metals."

Analysis: Should Space Miners Target the Moon, or Asteroids?:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/space...

“Last week, a new company called Planetary Resources announced that it was starting a private venture to mine asteroids. The mission, backed by billionaires such as Google's Larry Page, plans to send robots to procure heavy metals and water from space rocks."

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