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Asteroid Grand Challenge First Round Reviews Complete
2013-08-01 04:35:09

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The first step toward NASA's mission to find and capture a near-Earth asteroid, redirect it to a stable Earth-lunar orbit, and send humans to examine it, has been completed. On Tuesday, a mission formulation review brought together NASA leaders from around the US to examine internal studies proposing multiple concepts and alternatives for each phase of the asteroid mission in preparation for fiscal year 2014. Technical and...

Planetary Resources To Join The Hunt For Asteroids
2013-02-15 05:03:47

[ Watch the Video: Asteroid 2012 DA14 To Whiz Past Earth Safely ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Planetary Resources, a company aimed at mining asteroids, says that its Arkyd-100 Series of spacecraft will be assisting in the detection and characterization of potentially hazardous asteroids near Earth. About 610,000 asteroids are being tracked in the Solar System currently, which is a number that represents less than one percent of the estimated objects that orbit...

Billion Dollar Asteroid Making Close Approach To Earth
2013-02-14 10:55:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The idea to start attempting to mine asteroids has been floating around recently, but questions remain as to whether or not such a business endeavor would even be lucrative. Now, however, Deep Space Industries (DSI) claims that one particular asteroid could be worth as much as $195 billion in metals and propellant. Deep Space Industries announced this week that DA14, the asteroid making a close approach to Earth this week, could be...

Asteroid Prospecting Fleet Announced By Deep Space Industries
2013-01-22 10:18:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Deep Space Industries (DSI) announced on Tuesday that it plans to send a fleet of asteroid-prospecting spacecraft out into the solar system. These "FireFly" spacecraft use low-cost components and get discounted delivery to space by ride-sharing on the launch of larger satellites. “This is the first commercial campaign to explore the small asteroids that pass by Earth,” Deep Space Chairman Rick Tumlinson said in a...

Asteroid Mining Company Builds 24-Pound Telescope For Future Space Missions
2013-01-22 06:59:54

[Watch Video: Planetary Resources Tech Update] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An asteroid mining company this week has unveiled a space telescope it plans to implement in upcoming deep space missions. The telescope, a prototype of its Arkyd-100, is tentatively planned for a 2014 launch with the hopes of aiding in the harvest of precious metals and water from near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) by 2020. Planetary Resources is the company behind this lucrative...

Is Mining Asteroids The Better Option
2012-11-06 12:32:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Planetary Resources announced earlier this year it plans to begin looking beyond Earth for precious metals, and mining asteroids for platinum. Since the announcement of the company's mission, many skeptics have come out to say it is a ridiculous feat, and some have even gone as far as to say why leave Earth, when we have an ocean full of the metal. Chris Lewicki, Planetary Resources President and Chief Asteroid Miner, addressed this...

Asteroid Mining Venture Could Change Supply/Demand Ratio On Earth
2012-04-28 03:17:56

Peter Suciu for RedOrbit.com On Tuesday, Planetary Resources announced its plan to mine Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs), paving the way for mankind's reach beyond the Earth. This would include mining for raw minerals, ranging from water - which would be required for any future human colonization — and two precious metals such as gold and platinum. “Many of the scarce metals and minerals on Earth are in near-infinite quantities in space,” said Dr. Peter Diamandis,...

New Space Venture Will Be Mining Operation, Say Reports
2012-04-22 04:10:12

A former NASA astronaut, the cofounders of Google, and a well-known Hollywood filmmaker are among those lending their support for a forthcoming startup that will attempt to mine asteroids for metals and other raw materials, according to AFP and other media reports published Saturday. As previously reported on RedOrbit, full details on the private space exploration company, which is being called Planetary Resources, Inc., will be revealed on Tuesday, April 24. However, PCMag's Damon...


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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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