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(Network World)   Earth-buzzing asteroid worth big bucks: $195B if we could catch it   ( networkworld.com) divider line
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5879 clicks; posted to Geek » on 13 Feb 2013 at 3:18 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2013-02-13 03:32:29 PM  
5 votes:
Just tell the bugs to lob one closer to us next time.

/yes, I would like to know more
2013-02-13 04:31:11 PM  
3 votes:
Just send a couple of these up to deal with it. I mean it just a triangle.

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2013-02-13 06:48:08 PM  
2 votes:
This is what the internet has come to.  An article about a very specific and detailed field written by a person who likely has trouble using the toilet without assistance and edited by a classroom full of haddock.
2013-02-13 04:04:43 PM  
2 votes:
PsyLord: Just tell the bugs to lob one closer to us next time.

Did he just call us "bugs"?

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//I would expect more from a PSyI Lord Cop
2013-02-13 08:22:31 PM  
1 vote:

steve_wmn: Cost to catch it $400 Billion, Retail value $195 Billion.  Net Profit: -$205 Billion. But the technology we develop to catch it will spin off into lots of wonderful things like better lacrosse sticks or something.

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ISIS will take the job.
2013-02-13 06:29:13 PM  
1 vote:

StopLurkListen: This Looks Fun: Hmm...

FTA: "The asteroid...  could be worth up to $195 billion in metals and propellant....if 2012 DA14 contains 5% recoverable water, that ... might be worth as much as $65 billion. If 10% of its mass... is easily recovered iron, nickel and other metals, that could be worth... an additional $130 billion....   It measures some 50 meters wide, neither very large nor very small, and is probably made of stone, as opposed to metal or ice."


Somewhat startlingly, I read that like 2 days ago. I bolded the relevant words in my post for you. I am of course referring to this specific asteroid, which I am told is "probably made of stone" in the end of an article that goes on for paragraphs about how much it would be worth if it wasn't.

"Let me tell you about my neighbor's car. If it's a Ferrari, it's easily worth a couple hundred grand. [15 paragraphs about Ferraris later...] Oh, also it's not a Ferrari."

That's what I'm taking issue with.
2013-02-13 04:14:50 PM  
1 vote:

AcneVulgaris: What could possibly go wrong?

Try explaining that to my relatives in Tunguska.
2013-02-13 04:08:52 PM  
1 vote:
The up front cost of mining is space is huge. But once you set up even the most basic apparatus to mine and return it to earth the cost would drop significantly. Even more if you invest in processing the material in space. At that point you would basically be able to construct stuff in space for a fraction of the cost of anything else on Earth.
2013-02-13 03:50:52 PM  
1 vote:
I have a cr*p-ton of rope and a grappling hook.  Any of you Farkers really, really into model rocketry?
2013-02-13 03:35:46 PM  
1 vote:

PsyLord: Just tell the bugs to lob one closer to us next time.

/yes, I would like to know more

Isnt this also applicable to Ender's Game?
2013-02-13 03:27:02 PM  
1 vote:
I've been working on the Asteroid
All the live long day
I've been working on the Asteroid
With a 15 minute day...
2013-02-13 02:40:52 PM  
1 vote:
NASA hard at work on a really big catchers mitt
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