The people who want to send robots into space to mine precious metals from asteroids have found another way to use the expensive technology they are developing for their space venture.

The people who want to send robots into space to mine precious metals from asteroids have found another way to use the expensive technology they are developing for their space venture.

They plan to launch an extra space telescope in early 2015 to be used by the general public to take pictures of their favorite constellations, or to do their own research for the benefit of the world.

Planetary Resources co-founder Peter Diamandis says the Bellevue, Wash.-based company hopes schools and science museums will be the primary beneficiaries of the publically funded space telescope.

People who want to join the operation will have to contribute toward the $1 million price tag. Then, if they wish, they can donate their telescope time to school children or professional researchers.