Der’s Gold In Dem Der. . . Asteroids?

DA14 is one very valuable rock.
DA14 is one very valuable rock.

Exploration is coupled with the search for natural wealth. Centuries ago, ships from afar returned with minerals, plants, and animals that equaled vast revenues for future financiers. The promise of fortune is there for anyone who takes a risk. Yesterday’s article on Space.com put a $195 billion price tag on asteroid DA14, the house-sized rock that will drift by planet Earth on Friday. The thirst for mineral wealth has taken miners and engineers into the frontier, and one day, those intrepid diggers will start chasing asteroids. DA14 visits again in February 2046:  will explorers be ready?

Read NASA’s report on this very close encounter here.

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