You probably know Earth has just one moon and other than picturesque moments at night during those lunar eclipses, red moons, and full moons. There is nothing much in terms of value we derive from it. Though Hollywood would have us believe that when its full moon outside, some guy turn to a werewolf.
However, Earth does occasionally get mini-moons. They are actually very tiny asteroids (the biggest being in the ranges of two meters in diameter), which occasionally gets their gravitational pull entwined with that of Earth and temporarily settle as orbit around our planet. Effectively becoming out moon; or rather moons.
Space experts believe that some of these mini-moons are made up of materials we find very valuable down here on Earth. Some could be pure platinum, and one such mini-moon stretching just one meter in diameter could be worth at least $630 million down here on Earth.
Now think about it! It costs about $62 million to launch SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket into space. If it was aiming at snaring one of these mini-moons, the cost of building that spacecraft could go up in tens …read more