NASA is planning a mission to a huge metallic asteroid worth £8,000 quadrillion
28 октября 2020 года
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NASA is planning a mission to a huge metallic asteroid worth £8,000 quadrillion
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The asteroid, called 16 Psyche, is about 140 miles in diameter, and is estimated to be worth a staggering $10,000 quadrillion - that is, if it could somehow be dragged back to Earth
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NASA is planning a mission to an enormous metallic asteroid worth £8,000 quadrillion
The asteroid, called 16 Psyche, is about 140 miles in diameter, and is estimated to be worth a staggering $10,000 quadrillion - that is, if it could somehow be dragged back to Earth
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NASA is planning a mission to an enormous metallic asteroid worth an estimated £7,700 quadrillion ($10,000 quadrillion).
The asteroid, called 16 Psyche, is about 140 miles in diameter, and is one of the most massive objects in the main asteroid belt orbiting between Mars in Jupiter.
Dr Tracy Becker, a planetary scientist at Southwest Research Institute, said: “We've seen meteorites that are mostly metal, but Psyche could be unique in that it might be an asteroid that is totally made of iron and nickel.
“Earth has a metal core, a mantle and crust. It's possible that as a Psyche protoplanet was forming, it was struck by another object in our solar system and lost its mantle and crust.”
Experts predict that the iron alone in 16 Psyche could be worth a staggering $10,000 quadrillion - that is, if it could somehow be dragged back to Earth.
For comparison, the global economy was worth an estimated $80,934,771,028,340 (£62,388,972,921,051.02) in 2017.
This means the asteroid could be worth 123,556.29 times the economy!
The asteroid, called 16 Psyche, is about 140 miles in diameter, and is one of the most massive objects in the main asteroid belt orbiting between Mars in Jupiter
(Image: Maxar/ASU/P. Rubin/NASA/JPL-Caltech)
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Speaking to Global News in 2017, Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the lead scientist on the NASA mission and the director of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, said: “Even if we could grab a big metal piece and drag it back here … what would you do?
“Could you kind of sit on it and hide it and control the global resource — kind of like diamonds are controlled corporately — and protect your market?
“What if you decided you were going to bring it back and you were just going to solve the metal resource problems of humankind for all time? This is wild speculation obviously.”
NASA plans to visit the asteroid in 2022, in the hopes of understanding how terrestrial planets like Earth first formed.
The Psyche spacecraft is scheduled to launch in 2022, before arriving in Psyche’s orbit in 2026
(Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State Univ./Space Systems Loral/Peter Rubin)
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