NASA is planning a mission to a massive metallic asteroid valued at 7,700 quadrillion pounds (10,000 quadrillion dollars). The diameter of the asteroid, named 16 Psyche, About 140 miles, and it’s one of the most massive objects in the main asteroid belt that orbits between Mars and Jupiter.
Dr Tracy Baker, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, said: “We have seen meteorites, most of them metal, but 16 Psyche It could be unique in that it might be an asteroid made entirely of iron and nickel, as the planet Earth is a metal core, a cap and a crust, and it is possible that during the formation of a first planet, it collided with another object in our solar system and lost its mantle and shell.
Experts predict that iron alone is in 16% Psyche It could be worth $ 10,000 quadrillion – if it could somehow bring it down to Earth, for comparison, the global economy was valued at $ 80,934,771,028,340 (£ 62,388,972,921,051.02) in 2017.
This means that the asteroid could have a value of 123,556.29 times the economy Global News In 2017, she said Lindy Elkins-Tanton NASA mission lead scientist and director of the College of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University: “Even if we could grab a big coin and pull it back here, what would you do?” Could you sit down and hide it and control the global resource, as diamonds are institutionally controlled – and protect your market. What if you decide that you will return it one more time and you will solve the problems of the mineral resources of humanity at all times? It is clear that this is wild speculation.
NASA plans to visit the asteroid in 2022, hoping to understand how terrestrial planets like Earth formed for the first time.
The spacecraft is slated to launch in 2022, before it reaches orbit Psyche In 2026, to orbit the asteroid for 21 months, making maps and studying properties Psyche, Before sending their results back to Earth.
And NASA explained: “In the depths of the rocky and terrestrial planets – including the Earth – scientists conclude the presence of metallic cores, but these are far-fetched under the rocky crusts of the planets, and since we cannot see the heart of the Earth or measure it directly, Psyche It offers a unique window into the violent history of the collisions and accumulations that created the Earth’s planets. “
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