August 2012 issue of Popular MechanicsWhen I got the call from a new company called Planetary Resources about their mad scheme to mine asteroids, I pitched it immediately to my editors at Popular Mechanics. The rapid-fire response: “Hell yes!”

I banged out a and a short Tech Watch piece that was slammed into the very next issue of the magazine. The next issue after that had my feature story on the cover. Dunno what had to be bumped to make that happen, but that’s one of the things I like about Popular Mechanics. They move fast on breaking news. As fast as a monthly magazine can, anyway. It make for some tight deadlines, but it’s worth it.

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These guys aren’t fooling around. Billionaire backing and the very best talent in the world make this, the most outrageous private space venture yet, actually credible.