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Earth-buzzing asteroid worth $195 billion, space miners say

By Mike Wall

Published February 13, 2013

Space.com

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    An artist’s conception of the Feb. 15 flyby of asteroid 2012 DA14. (NASA.)

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    This graphic shows 2012 DA14’s path past Earth. (NASA.)

The space rock set to give Earth a historically close shave this Friday, Feb. 15, may be worth nearly $200 billion, prospective asteroid miners say.

The 150-foot-wide asteroid 2012 DA14 — which will zoom within 17,200 miles of Earth on Friday, marking the closest approach by such a large space rock that astronomers have ever known about in advance — may harbor $65 billion of recoverable water and $130 billion in metals, say officials with celestial mining firm Deep Space Industries. 

‘While this week’s visitor isn’t going the right way for us to harvest it, there will be others that are.’

– Deep Space chairman Rick Tumlinson 

That’s just a guess…

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