Asteroid Miners Reach K Street Orbit

In this handout from NASA, the giant asteroid Vesta is seen in an image taken from the NASA Dawn spacecraft about 3,200 miles above the surface July 24, 2011 in Space. The Dawn spacecraft slipped into orbit around the asteroid on July 15, and for the next year will gather pictures and information. It will then travel to the asteroid Ceres, arriving in 2015.
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Ben Geman
Feb. 5, 2014, 8:48 a.m.

A Seattle-area com­pany de­vel­op­ing tech­no­logy to mine as­ter­oids for valu­able raw ma­ter­i­als like plat­in­um is ex­pand­ing its Belt­way pres­ence.

Plan­et­ary Re­sources has re­tained former House Demo­crat­ic Lead­er Dick Geph­ardt as a lob­by­ist, ac­cord­ing to a fil­ing made pub­lic this week.

The hir­ing of Geph­ardt Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs is the second prom­in­ent lob­by­ing shop that Plan­et­ary Re­sources has brought on. The com­pany re­tained K&L Gates last year.

The com­pany’s fu­tur­ist­ic vis­ion — which in­cludes the pos­sib­il­ity of de­ter­ring a dan­ger­ous earth­bound as­ter­oid — has at­trac­ted lots of ink.

Google’s top ex­ec­ut­ives are in­vestors in the com­pany, and Hol­ly­wood dir­ect­or James Camer­on is an ad­viser.

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