If the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs arrived just 30 seconds later, it would have landed in deep ocean water which would have absorbed much of the force of the impact. The resulting extinction would have been less severe, many dinosaur species would have survived, and humans would not exist.
In march 1989 an asteroid passed through the exact position where Earth was only six hours earlier.
NASA estimates that the value of minerals in the asteroid belt exceeds $600,000,000,000,000,000,000. Or nearly $100 billion per person alive.
There is a non-profit organization called B612 which is dedicated to defending the Earth against asteroids.
In 2000, Gregory W. Nemitz registered land on the asteroid 433 Eros. The land contained $492 Quintilian worth of platinum. When NASA landed a probe on a place on the asteroid that he had called ‘Parking Space 29’, Nemitz sent NASA a $20 parking ticket.
A man named Gregory W. Nemitz claimed ownership of Asteroid 433 Eros, on which NEAR Shoemaker landed in 2001. His company Orbital Development issued NASA a parking ticket for $20.
They are now hiring asteroid miners.