It is mining asteroids in our near future

Wednesday, April 18th 2012. | Science News

es_asteroid_627_270x203The latest effort from James Cameron has all the earmarks of a science fiction movie — but in real life.

The movie director has joined Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt in backing Planetary Resources, a mysterious company that promises to “create a new industry and a new definition of ‘natural resources.'”

It’s not entirely clear what the company does, but according to a press release uncovered by MIT’s Technology Review, Planetary Resources “will overlay two critical sectors — space exploration and natural resources – to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP.” The Technology Review suggests the company is proposing mining operations involving asteroids.

The list of big-league backers include a commercial space entrepreneur, a former NASA Mars mission manager, and a planetary scientist and veteran NASA astronaut, as well as former Microsoft Chief Software Architect Charles Simonyi and Ross Perot Jr, son of the former presidential candidate.

Intrigued? We certainly are. But it appears we will have to wait until Tuesday morning, when a press conference is scheduled to be held at the Charles Simonyi Space Gallery at The Museum of Flight in Seattle. The news release says the event will be streamed.

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