- The agency is hoping to explore 16 Psyche, an asteroid made up of nickel and iron.
- The whole asteroid is valued at $10,000 quadrillion, an amount that could make every living person on Earth extremely wealthy.
- Mining asteroids like 16 Psyche could be the next “boom industry”.
There are several astounding things in outer space that are simply waiting to be explored. However, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is going to start with the one that could potentially make everyone on Earth extremely wealthy. NASA is planning to send a spacecraft to an asteroid filled with valuable metals that might make every person on the planet a billionaire.
NASA announced that they are hoping to send a spacecraft to 16 Psyche, which is described as “a unique metal asteroid orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.” The agency believes that Psyche might be the nickel-iron core of a former planet that eventually helped create our own solar system. If it is confirmed to be so, the asteroid could offer a glimpse at a completely different world made of metal.
16 Psyche is a truly unique asteroid.
The Psyche Mission will be led by Arizona State University while NASA’s own Jet Propulsion Laboratory will take responsibility for mission management, operations, and navigation. The mission is expected to launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2022.
NASA’s mission might be all about discovering a completely new world filled with metal and learning a little bit about how our solar system was created. However, it was also revealed that the iron and nickel found in 16 Psyche is valued at $10,000 quadrillion. This means that mining the asteroid could possibly make every single person on Earth a billionaire.
The official mission badge of Psyche Mission.
Asteroid Mining Company founder Mitch Hunter-Scullion stated that mining asteroids like 16 Psyche could be the next “boom industry”.
“Once you set up the infrastructure then the possibilities are almost infinite,” Hunter-Scullion said. “There’s an astronomical amount of money to be made by those bold enough to rise to the challenge of the asteroid rush.”
It might be too soon to begin mining for asteroids but NASA’s plan to go to 16 Psyche could be the start of something amazing for the world of science as well as finance.
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