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.
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