Asteroid-mining telescope giving public access to outer space

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by MEG COYLE / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 29, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 2 at 2:02 PM

If outer space seems out of reach, it's actually closer than you think.

"You are literally going to have the chance to see and feel and listen to what it's like to explore the solar system," said Eric Anderson, co-Founder and co-chairman of Planetary Resources.
 
Planetary Resources unveiled the Arkyd Space Telescope at the Museum of Flight. It's poised to not only orbit the earth to mine for asteroids, but to provide unprecented public access to the secrets of space.
 
"The structure we have to really get this out here and make it a project for the people is very unique," said Anderson.
 
That's right, people. It's our turn to see what has largely been unseen. Because, of course, there's an app for that.

"You'll be able to discover asteroids with it, do galactic research with it, look at alien star systems," said Dr. Peter Diamandis, co-Founder and co-Chariman of Planetary Resources.
 
And then there's the space selfie. For $25 you can upload a picture to the telescope. This camera takes a picture of your picture, with outer space as your backdrop.

"Any image you want as long as it's sort of tasteful," said Diamandis.
 
And as long as enough people pony up. Planetary Resources has launched a kickstarter campaign to raise $1 million.
 
"It's not available yet and we will only build and launch it and operate it if the public wants it," said Diamandis.
 
If the company hits its goal the Arkyd Telescope could launch in 2015.

For more information and to contribute to the kickstarter campaign, go to:

Kickstarter: ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone



 

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