Given that 2012 DA14 will be hurtling (in astronomical terms) a hair's breadth from the earth on Friday, now is a great time to send in your application to become an asteroid miner.
Which is probably why Chris Lewicki President & Chief Asteroid Miner of Planetary Resources, the Seattle-based asteroid exploration company, on Saturday sent out new information about how to become an asteroid miner and opened the summer and fall student program.
The 130,000 tonne asteroid – around 45 meters across – will pass by at a distance of just over 27,000 kilometers.
That's tantalizingly close and may just unleash the interplanetary prospector in you.
Provided you can answer the following questions:
- Are you a space nut? Prove it!
- Look around your home. How would we know that you are an engineer?
- What are your three favorite tools to get the job done? What makes them your favorites?
- What do you want to get out of working for Planetary Resources?
- What do you do for fun?
- Have you seen a product through its full life cycle: design, analysis, fab, assembly, test, and ops?
- Have you designed and built hardware that someone else has used?
- Have you written code that someone else has used?
- Do you know how to use a mill and a lathe?
- Can you debug a PCB?
- Does a convoluted, system-level problem make you tingle with excitement?
- Do you know how to create an interplanetary spacecraft trajectory to a celestial target?
- Are you a mean cook?
- Can you fix the heat if it breaks?
- We would recognize your handiwork on such space missions or product releases as…
- Are your soldering skills are best described as Cro-Magnon, Offensive, Survivable, Clean and Functional, Mil-spec compliant, or Angelic (cue choir sounds)?
- How would you feel about moving to the Seattle area?
- At Planetary Resources, we fail. A lot. In fact, we celebrate failure. Give us an example of one of your failures, how you fixed it, and what you learned from it.
- What name would you give a crash test dummy, and why?
- Paste a link to a picture that best describes you, but is not OF you.
- If you were asked to give a 20 minute presentation on a subject for which you consider yourself an expert, what would be the topic of the presentation?