A 2012 DA14 asteroid estimated to be worth up to $195B will fly close to earth this week, according to a Feb 12 Inquisitr report.
According to Wired News, the “chunk of space rock, about 50 metres wide, will give us such a near miss that it will skim our planet inside the geosynchronous orbits of many TV and communications satellites on 15 February.”
This asteroid has sparked great interest because “new space mining companies … have recently sprung up to harvest such objects' resources. Experts believe that 2012 DA14 is probably made of stone rather than metal or ice.”
Network world explains that the estimated worth comes from Deep Space Industries experts, who advise that “if 2012 DA14 contains 5% recoverable water, that alone -- in space as rocket fuel -- might be worth as much as $65 billion. If 10% of its mass It could mass which could range from as little as 16,000 tons or as much as one million tons -- is easily recovered iron, nickel and other metals, that could be worth -- in space as building material -- an additional $130 billion.”
While DA14 could be worth billions, even the experts would agree that missing earth is the best thing that could happen in this instance.
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