The
Eros Project
Eros
Basic Facts
Asteroid
433 Eros Compared to Lake Tahoe
433
Eros is 33 km (20.5 mi) long by 13 km (8 mi) wide.
Lake
Tahoe is 35 km (22 mi) long by 19 km (12 mi) wide.
As you can see, 433 Eros only the size of a mountain.
Asteroid
433, Eros has been owned by Gregory W. Nemitz since March 3, 2000.
Orbital Development is managing the Eros Project.
Size: 33 km x 13 km x 13 km (20.5 mi x 8 mi x 8 mi)
Approximate mass: 7.2 x 10^15 kg (79.2 trillion short tons;
a short ton is 2000 pounds)
Rotation Period: 5.270 hours
Orbital Period: 1.76 Earth years
Spectral Class: S
Semimajor Axis: 1.458 AU
Solar Perihelion Distance: 1.13 AU
Solar Aphelion Distance: 1.78 AU
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.223
Orbital Inclination: 10.8 deg
Geometric Albedo: 0.16
The
elements magnesium, aluminum, silicon, potassium, oxygen, and iron
have been observed via a mining survey.
One
Method to Estimate the Value of Eros
As an example of Eros' potential value, if a fleet of Space Shuttles
launched a mass equal to Eros into Space it would cost:
$10,000 per pound
times
158,400,000,000,000,000 pounds (158.4 quadrillion pounds)
= $1,584,000,000,000,000,000,000, or $1.584 sextillion dollars.
If we divide this figure by 100 million, to account for cost and
difficulty of processing the asteroid, Orbital Development is easily
world's richest company's with US$15.84 trillion in net present
assets, with no current debts.
Another
Method to Estimate the Value of Eros
Typically iron found in Space is contaminated with platinium, normally
by about .005 or onehalf of one percent. Assuming that 433 Eros
is only 5% iron, there are 22.5 billion tons of platinium on the
asteroid. The current price for platinium is about $750 per troy
ounce. There are 29,167 troy ounces per short ton for a total 656,250,000,000,000
troy ounces. At today's price, that is $492,187,500,000,000,000
(~1/2 quintillion dollars). And that is only accounting the platinum.
This estimate doesn't consider the additional value of the far more
abundant iron, aluminium, magnesium and oxygen.
There
can be no doubt that Eros has enormous intrisnic value based on
its materials, which will be mined in the future.
