Podcasts & RSS Feeds
Most Active Stories
- Here's What The Big I-90 Closure Will Look Like. How Will You Survive?
- Study Finds MRSA 'Superbug' Lurking At Washington Firehouses
- 5 Reasons Eating Bugs Could Save The World, According To Seattle's Own 'Bug Chef'
- When A Bomb Goes Off During Your Study On Trauma: New UW Findings On PTSD
- Report Shows Coal, Oil Trains Would Quadruple Rail Traffic, Alarming Lawmakers
News & Music Contributors
Tue April 24, 2012
Company unveils plan to mine asteroids for riches
Space-faring robots could be extracting gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years if a new venture backed by two Silicon Valley titans and filmmaker James Cameron goes as planned.
Outside experts are skeptical about the project, which would likely require untold millions or perhaps billions of dollars and huge advances in technology.
But the same entrepreneurs pioneered the selling of space rides to tourists — a notion that not long ago seemed like a pie-in-the-sky idea, too.
The plan was formally announced Tuesday at a news conference in Seattle.
The inaugural step, to be achieved in the next 18 to 24 months, would be launching the first in a series of private telescopes that would search for the right type of asteroids.
Diversions: Space travel