Deep Space Industries |
Former Astrobotic Technology President David Gump has resurfaced with a new company, Deep Space Industries, which will announce the “world’s first fleet of commercial asteroid-prospecting spacecraft” during a press conference at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Deep Space Industries is the second asteroid mining company to make a public announcement in the past year. Planetary Resources — founded by Peter Diamandis and Eric Anderson — is aiming for the same market.
Eric Berger over at Space News has more information on the company.
Jupiter Moon Conjunction
— January 21 @ 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET
A waxing gibbous moon (78% illuminated) will pass within less than a degree to the south of Jupiter high in the evening sky. For reference, your closed fist held out at arms length covers 10 degrees. These two won’t get that close again until 2026.
Those of you in South America will be able to see the occultation or Jupiter pass behind the moon completely.
Video from JPLnews