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NASA to explore valuable, metal space rock worth $10,000 quadrillion

NASA is setting its sights on a large, metal asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter.

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.

The asteroid measures 124 miles in diameter and the iron on it alone is worth $10,000 quadrillion, NASA said in a statement. That compares to the value of the world economy, which is estimated at almost $74 trillion.

But, even if scientists wanted to harness the asteroid and haul it back to Earth, they don’t yet have the technical capability to do it.

So, NASA and ASU researchers are launching a robotic spacecraft in 2023 to make observations of Psyche. The craft is scheduled to arrive at the asteroid in 2030 where it will spend 20 months studying the rock and mapping it.

The rock will give scientists a glimpse of a planetary core for the first time.

“This mission, visiting the asteroid Psyche, will be the first time humans will ever be able to see a planetary core,” said lead scientist Lindy Elkins-Tanton.

Elkins-Tanton, the director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, said the mission “will help us gain insights into the metal interior of all rocky planets in our solar system, including Earth.”

The $450 million mission is part of NASA’s Discovery Program.

 

Source www.fox25boston.com

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31 Comments on "NASA to explore valuable, metal space rock worth $10,000 quadrillion"

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Those splashes? Rock looks too dry to have splashes when other rocks hit into it. In this picture, its like the rock is semi liquid or something….

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Fucking he’ll the government put money on a fucking rock greedy basterds

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If that thing is heading towards earth, Bye bye sunshine 🙁

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They want to mine the Spice!!

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And this is why our civilization is doomed…..

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I remember once I started writing a short novel about this, two men who landed on mars and discovered diamonds and precious metals and then they fought and so…

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it will be worth nothing, as it will bring down the price of rich minerals. The more gold and platinum the cheap is the price.

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That’s what I’m talking about. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Probably Nasa will desintegrate Psyche to get the valuable metals.

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more idiocy from NASA !

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Silver leg

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How do you put a price on something with no economical value

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At last ; a cash total that exceeds Hollywood celebs’ divorce settlements ….

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Ya right….with what technology to mine it and recover the goods……keep dreamin

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that’s one expensive cgi.

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Nasa to explore bawahahahs what a joke

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they already got a price on it lmfao

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Nothing fake about it

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If it was shared on FB it must be true …..

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Hahaha sarcasim don’t prove Ur rite.

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That’s one way to get the proper funding for space exploration. Mine it yourself.

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Lol. Humans. And money. There’s never enough to keep them satiated.

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DARPA has all the money they need

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stop lying nasa…

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I think its nibaru in disguise. Were guna drag it back to earth then anunaki are going to jump out”like a trojon horse” and take over!

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There is such planet or space ship called niburu. This was a miss translation by zaccria stichinn

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Under maritime law i hereby claim salvage rights on it. I found it 1st and its mine. If anybody wants to buy it now for a 24 pack im ok to barter.

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It would fit nicely into my wife’s wedding ring

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gimmie some !!

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