The B612 Foundation says it has made financial and technical strides in the first three months of the Silicon Valley non-profit’s bid to mount the world’s first private deep-space mission, a space telescope to greatly increase the identification of near Earth asteroids (NEAs) that could pose a collision threat. The organization envisions a 2017-18 launch of the Sentinel Space Telescope, an infrared observatory designed and built by Ball Aerospace of Boulder, Colo. Borrowing from Ball’s ...

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