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Robert Pearlman
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Asteroid mining company offers up 'Space Selfies' for crowd-funding space scope

The world's first public "photo booth" in orbit could ride on the first crowd-funded space telescope, if a commercial asteroid mining company's campaign is a success.

Planetary Resources, a Seattle-based company that plans to extract raw materials from the asteroids for use in the exploration and development of space, kicked off its first Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign on Wednesday (May 29) to raise $1 million from the public to build and launch a private space telescope.

In return for pledges of $25, Planetary Resources will offer supporters the opportunity to send a digital photo of their choosing to orbit, have it displayed on the exterior of the company's satellite and re-photographed with the Earth as a backdrop. Higher pledge levels will provide students and other educational groups the chance to take control of the telescope for their own observations.

"People of any age and background will be able to point the telescope outward to investigate our solar system, deep space or join us in our study of near-Earth asteroids" Chris Lewicki, Planetary Resources' president and chief engineer, said in a statement.

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Planetary Resources Announces ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone

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Crowd funds $1 million for asteroid miners' public space telescope

The world's first selfie-snapping, asteroid-hunting, public space telescope is $1 million closer to its launch into Earth orbit, having surpassed its initial crowd-funding goal.

Planetary Resources' online fundraising campaign soared past the seven-figure mark Wednesday evening (June 19), green-lighting the commercial asteroid mining company's plans to deploy a publicly-accessible space telescope in 2015. More than 11,000 people pledged at least $10 to the project, which promised to not only capture images of its supporters' selected astronomical targets with the ARKYD space telescope, but also photograph their submitted self-portraits ("Space Selfies") on a digital screen mounted on the outside of the small satellite.

"Thank you everyone who pushed it over the $1 million mark!" Peter Diamandis, Planetary Resources' co-founder, wrote on Kickstarter, the website that is hosting the crowd funding campaign.

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