Asterank Database Identifies Profitable Asteroids

Asterank has compiled a handy searchable database of our solar system's vast asteroid wealth. It also has an amazingly cool flying-through-the-solar-system navigation mode; how else could you find one of those little rocks?


(Asterank.com profitable asteroids identified)

Asterank is a scientific and economic database of over 600,000 asteroids.

We've collected, computed, or inferred important data such as asteroid mass and composition from multiple scientific sources. With this information, we estimate the costs and rewards of mining asteroids.

Details on orbits and basic physical parameters are sourced from the Minor Planet Center and NASA JPL. Composition data is based on spectral classification and size. Our calculations incorporate conclusions from multiple scientific publications in addition to cross-referencing known meteorite data.

Intrepid explorers of the imagination (sf writers) have of course ventured out where no man has gone (yet). In his 1941 classic The Day We Celebrate, Nelson S Bond leaves this idea out where anyone can find it:

Where once the plantetoids had been a chaotic network of unplumbed mystery, frequented only by space scavengers and occasional pirate hordes, now it was a huge, charted, floating ore deposit for the entire Solar System.

Be sure to explore Astera nk, which has a great interactive map and table exploration database. Thanks to Winchell Chung (on google +) for pointing this out.

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