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If you want to help search the cosmos for alien planets and planet-killer asteroids, you can join a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a project called ARKYD telescope.

Planetary Resources Inc., a company that seeks to explore near-Earth asteroids for mining, has so far raised more than $1.2 million as of Friday night. The crowd-funding campaign ends at 10 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, 2013.

For $25, you will get a photo of your choice displayed on the ARKYD's screen; then a photo of that with the Earth in the background will be sent to you.

For $99, you can join the effort to protect the plant from hazardous asteroids. You'll get regular updates from students and scientists.

For $200, you get to control the telescope and point it at any celestial object (except the sun) and take a picture.

The top pledge level is $10,000.

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