Asteroid-Mining Company Flooded With Applicants

Planetary Resources forced to stop accepting applications
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2012 2:11 PM CDT
Planetary Resource's Arkyd Seris I satellite seen as a full-scale mockup during a press conference announcing plans to mine asteroids at the Museum of Flight April 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Looking for a career in asteroid mining? Get in line. Celestial treasure-hunting firm Planetary Resources put out a call three weeks ago for applicants, and was soon so swamped with resumes that it had to stop accepting them. According to an update on the company's website, spotted by, it has received more than 2,000 applications, and hence has stopped looking for full-time employees.

If you're a student there's still hope, though; the company will soon be taking applications for fall 2012 co-ops. But as points out, these aren't pick-axes-in-space propositions; Planetary Resources is looking for engineers who can help design the space-faring robots that will actually mine the asteroids.

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