SEATTLE (AP) — A Bellevue, Wash.-based company that wants to send robots into space to mine precious metals from asteroids has found another way to use the expensive technology it's developing for its space venture.
Planetary Resources Inc. plans to launch an extra space telescope in early 2015 to be used by the general public to take pictures of their favorite constellations, or to do their own research for the benefit of the world.
People who want to join the operation will have to contribute toward the $1 million price tag. For instance, for $200 a member of the public can aim the telescope once and take a picture. For $450, they can take three pictures.
People also can pay more and donate their telescope time to school children or professional researchers.
Planetary Resources co-founder Peter Diamandis says the company hopes schools and science museums will be the primary beneficiaries of the project.