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planetaryresourcesPlanetary Resources is on a mission to mine near-earth asteroids and now they want you to join in on the fun, too.

The Bellevue-based asteroid-mining company backed by some of the biggest names in technology and aerospace will hold a press conference this Wednesday to announce a new, “unprecedented project” intended to give the public access to its advanced space technology.

Here’s what the company has in store for the program:

Gives students, teachers and the public access to the most innovative space observation technology ever built  – This technology would have cost US$100M+ to build and launch less than a decade ago; and today, it will be controlled by students around the world to explore the cosmos.

Offers the opportunity for the public to directly participate in cutting-edge citizen science and discovery – Delivers a resource to thousands of institutions and researchers in need of greater access to space to further their work and rate of scientific discovery.

Invites the public to participate in Planetary Resources’ asteroid mining mission – Anyone with an interest in space can play a role in opening up the Solar System for human activity.

Planetary has some of the high-profile supporters for this new venture, including:


  • Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson
  • Actor Seth Green
  • Star Trek’s Brent Spiner (Data) and Rob Picardo (The Doctor)
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy
  • Futurist Jason Silva
  • MIT astrophysicist Dr. Sara Seager

We’ll be at the Great Gallery at The Museum of Flight Wednesday covering the announcement, so check back then for more detailed information on how exactly Planetary plans to get the public more involved in space exploration.

Previously on GeekWire: Planetary Resources founder: ‘Humans will migrate off the Earth in the next 30 years

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