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Company Targets Asteroid--and Profits

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Science  19 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5333, pp. 1756
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5333.1756

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A group of entrepreneurs is raising money for the first privately financed mission beyond Earth orbit. The company hopes to make money by selling data gathered from a nearby asteroid, and it is counting on a steep discount in the cost of such data to attract customers, including NASA.