Planetary Radio • Sep 02, 2016

Space Policy Edition #4: Near Earth Asteroids—Why we go, how we find them, and maybe mine them

On This Episode

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Casey Dreier

Chief Advocate & Senior Space Policy Adviser for The Planetary Society

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Mat Kaplan

Planetary Radio Host and Producer for The Planetary Society

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Jason Callahan

Former Space Policy Advisor for The Planetary Society

In honor of OSIRIS-REx—NASA’s newest asteroid mission—we explore the policy and history of near-Earth Objects: why NASA explores them, how the government plans to find and defending the planet, and the how policy can keep up with ambitious plans to mine asteroids.

Artist's concept of near-Earth asteroids
Artist's concept of near-Earth asteroids Artist's view of asteroids passing Earth. ESA / P.Carril