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Scientists at Deep Space Industries have put a value on an asteroid set to buzz past Earth this week of $195 billion, according to a published report on Networkworld.

The number comes from estimates of the value of any recoverable water on the asteroid — worth as much as $65 billion as fuel in space — plus the value of nickel, iron and other metals — worth as much as $130 billion as construction materials.

The asteroid, which is about the size of half a football field and is identified as 2012 DA14, is expected to pass close by Earth on Feb. 15, within the orbits of geosynchronous satellites.

– Tom Bemis

 

Source: http://blogs.marketwatch.com/thetell/2013/02/13/asteroid-set-to-buzz-earth-is-worth-195-billion-report/

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