World’s first public space telescope gets Kickstarter goal

Planetary Resources will soon launch its publicly accessible telescope into space.

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Planetary Resources)

The tale of the Arkyd telescope is like that of the “little engine that could.” What seemed like a difficult task — raising $1 million from a Kickstarter campaign to launch the world’s first public space telescope — was overcome on Monday as the crowdfunding goal was met with more than $1.5 million in pledges. Not only did asteroid mining company Planetary Resources achieve its goal, it surpassed it, which means that the extra money can be used to add even more features to…

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