Asteroid Mining

Astronomers discover diamond the size of Earth

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 30, 2014
Astronomers discover diamond the size of Earth

That’s one massive diamond, which will never be cut, as it is 900 light-years away from our planet.

Asteroids mined for fuel to generate trillion dollar market, says firm

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 11, 2014
Asteroids mined for fuel to generate trillion dollar market, says firm

Orbiting spacecraft could be refuelled with water taken from asteroids—but some experts doubt the economics.

On the surface, mining the moon doesn't look that great

Michael Allan McCrae | April 6, 2014
moon infrographic

Looking at lunar REE

NASA is offering $35,000 in awards to asteroid hunters

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 10, 2014
NASA is offering $35,000 in awards to asteroid hunters

The first contest in a series of many, kicks off on March 17.

NASA begins accepting applications from privates to mine the Moon

Cecilia Jamasmie | February 10, 2014
NASA begins accepting applications from privates to mine the moon

Space Agency in search of potential business partners as US government denies further funding.

VIDEO: Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft wakes up

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 20, 2014
VIDEO: Rosetta comet-chasing spacecraft wakes up

First spacecraft to land in a comet wakes up from 10 years of hibernation.

NASA wants your name in its first asteroid mission, leaving in 2016

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 17, 2014
NASA wants your name in its first asteroid mission, leaving in 2016

Selected names will be etched on a microchip aboard the spacecraft headed to the asteroid Bennu in only two years.

About 1,000 shortlisted for one-way trip to Mars

Cecilia Jamasmie | January 2, 2014
About 1,000 shortlisted for one-way trip to Mars

Mars One, a Dutch non-profit mission to build the first human settlement on Mars, said only 24 will be sent.

Asteroid miners go after most precious resource: water

Cecilia Jamasmie | November 21, 2013
Asteroid miners go after most precious resource: water

Investors eager to get the new industry off the ground willing to finance projects that can secure the availability of the key element.

Physicists reveal results of dark matter study from bottom of a gold mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 30, 2013
Physicists reveal results of dark matter study from bottom of a gold mine

The scientists have been working at the one-of-a-kind laboratory located at the bottom of what was once North America's deepest gold mine.

Jupiter forecast: cloudy with chance of diamonds

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 22, 2013
Jupiter forecast: cloudy with chance of diamonds

Together with Saturn, these planets may be massive diamond mines say researchers.

U.S. scientists a step closer to finding evidence of dark matter in former gold mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | October 17, 2013
U.S. scientists a step closer to finding evidence of dark matter in former gold mine

First set of key findings to be released next week.

Russians pull half-tonne meteorite from lake

Ana Komnenic | October 16, 2013
Russians pull half-tonne meteorite from lake

Space rock assumed to have originated from a meteor that injured more than 1,000 people in February.

Copper ring almost made the Earth look like Saturn

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 13, 2013
Copper ring almost made the Earth look like Saturn

US Government-backed scientists aimed to build an emergency communications system based on copper wires around our planet.

Astronomers identify 12 asteroids close enough for mining

Cecilia Jamasmie | August 12, 2013
asteroids

UK researchers went through a list of 9,000 near-Earth celestial bodies.

NASA gets serious about asteroid mining in new mission

Anthony Halley | August 9, 2013
asteroid earth

"The mission will develop important technologies for asteroid exploration that will benefit anyone interested in exploring or mining asteroids, whether it's NASA or a private company."

The year's best meteor shower is coming this weekend

Anthony Halley | August 8, 2013
Perseids

The point from which the meteors appear lies in the Perseus constellation.

PayPal launches interplanetary payment system

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 27, 2013
PayPal launches interplanetary payment system

In partnership with two leading groups, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute and the Space Tourism Society

Asteroid miner exceeds $1 million crowd-funding goal

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 21, 2013
Asteroid miner exceeds $1 million crowd-funding goal

Planetary Resources is now going for $2 million and has created new incentives to lure backers.

Asteroid mining firm hires former White House officer

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 11, 2013
Asteroid mining firm hires former White House officer

Peter Marquez, former director of space policy under US Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is Planetary Resources’s new vice president for global engagement.

Planetary Resources wants to raise $1m with its first asteroid prospectors

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 29, 2013
Planetary Resources want to raise $1m with its first asteroid prospectors

Promises 'a telescope for everyone.'

VIDEO: Canadian astronaut sets bar high for future asteroid miners

Anthony Halley | May 13, 2013
Chris Hadfield

The first music video from space.

Astronomers find promising evidence of dark matter while U.S. team looks in former gold mine

Cecilia Jamasmie | April 8, 2013
Astronomers

The group has installed a 350 kg liquid xenon time-projection chamber, which aims to directly detect galactic dark matter in an underground laboratory, built 1.6 km below the surface.

NASA plans to mine an asteroid

Michael Allan McCrae | April 6, 2013
nasa mine asteroid bill nelson

Timeline is eight years.

Asteroid mining to dominate the industry: experts

Cecilia Jamasmie | March 11, 2013
Asteroid mining to dominate the industry: experts

Geologists believe that asteroids hold iron ore, nickel and precious metals at much higher concentrations than those found on Earth.

Space telescope monitoring near-earth asteroids to be launched Monday

Michael Allan McCrae | February 23, 2013
Near-Earth Object Surveillance Satellite

Size of a suitcase and cost C$12 million to build

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