Blue orbit is the Earth. White eclipse marks orbit of the asteroid 152679.

Blue orbit is the Earth. White eclipse marks orbit of the asteroid 152679.

Asteroid 152679 (1998 KU2)

Composition: Nickel, iron, cobalt, water, ammonia, nitrogen, hydrogen

Valuation: €70.79 Trillion

Δv (km/s) Delta-velocity: 6.302

Upcoming Approaches to Earth: Oct 15, 2025: 0.411 AU. Jul 31, 2042: 0.088 AU.

Asteroid 152679’s 2042 approach of 0.088 Astronomical Units is equivalent to 13,164,613 kilometers.

Closest approach of Earth from the Moon is 363,104 kilometers. Closest distance from Earth to Mars is 54,600,000 km.

1968 Apollo 8, return mission to the Moon, lasted 6 days, 3 hours, and 42 seconds, crying 3 crew, with a landing mass of 4,979 kilograms.

"While the psychological barrier to mining asteroids is high, the actual financial and technological barriers are far lower. Prospecting probes can likely be built for tens of millions of dollars each and Caltech has suggested an asteroid-grabbing spacecraft could cost $2.6bn," Goldman Sachs report.

"While the psychological barrier to mining asteroids is high, the actual financial and technological barriers are far lower. Prospecting probes can likely be built for tens of millions of dollars each and Caltech has suggested an asteroid-grabbing spacecraft could cost $2.6bn," Goldman Sachs report.

Asteroid date source: Asterank; based on multiple scientific sources, with details on orbits and basic physical parameters sourced from the Minor Planet Center and NASA JPL.

“Goldman Sachs: space-mining for platinum is 'more realistic than perceived.” Business Insider.