The asteroid worth $10000 quadrillion

Janis ColeJan 21, 2017

NASA is planning a mission to an asteroid so valuable it could cause the world's economy to collapse.

NASA plans to send a mission to a giant asteroid containing iron and rare metals, which scientists believe could be worth $10,000 quadrillion.

The U.S. space agency and researchers at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration want to get a closer look at the space rock, named Psyche, because they believe it's made of valuable metals, such as nickel, iron, and gold.

Psyche principal investigator Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University in Tempe said that the 124-mile wide asteroid would be worth the astronomical sum if we could somehow drag it back to Earth. "We learn about inner space by visiting outer space", said Elkins-Tanton.

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According to a report in Global News, the iron in "16 Psyche" would be worth $10,000 quadrillion (That's right, $10,000 quadrillion, as in 15 more zeros).

Due to the unusual composition of the asteroid, scientists have hypothesized that 16 Psyche may be the leftover core of a now-dead planet as large as Mars that once circled the Sun, but had its exterior sheared away by one massive impact after another in the congested solar system of several billion years ago.

NASA's Psyche mission is set to launch in 2023 - and will target a metal-rich asteroid known as 16 Psyche.

It's called 16 Psyche and is believed to be made nearly entirely of nickel and iron. That mission was expected to launch in October 2021.

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The mission will help scientists understand how planets and other bodies separated into their layers - including cores, mantles and crusts - early in their histories. Lucy mission aims to explore six Jupiter Trojan asteroids.

On January 4, NASA announced a future mission to explore a Massachusetts-sized asteroid known as 16 Psyche.

These asteroids are trapped by Jupiter's gravity in two swarms that share the planet's orbit, one leading and one trailing Jupiter in its 12-year circuit around the sun. "The Trojans are thought to be relics of a much earlier era in the history of the solar system, and may have formed far beyond Jupiter's current orbit". It's slated to arrive at its first destination, a main belt asteroid, in 2025.

"Lucy will observe primitive remnants from farther out in the solar system, while Psyche will directly observe the interior of a planetary body", NASA's Planetary Science Director Jim Green said.

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