Experts believe that an asteroid discovered nearly 170 years ago may be worth as much as US$10,000 trillion.
Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis (Annibale de Gasparis) discovered the space rock called “16 Psyche” on March 17, 1852, but a newly published study pointed out that it may Almost all consists of iron and nickel. The lead author of the study, Dr. Tracy Becker, estimates that it is worth close to $1 trillion.
Becker said in a statement: “The meteorites we see are mainly metal, but Sage may be unique because it may be an asteroid made entirely of iron and nickel.” “The earth has a metal core and a mantle. And the crust. It may be that when the protoplanet was formed, it was hit by another object in our solar system and lost the mantle and crust.”
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It is believed that “Psyc 16”, which is about 230 million miles from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, is a protoplanet, or the remaining core of a planet that has begun to form and rupture.
Becker said that she was able to observe the huge space rock at two different points of rotation, and pointed out that it is reflective at ultraviolet wavelengths.
The researchers explained: “We can find the ultraviolet absorption band that we think is iron oxide for the first time on any asteroid.” “This indicates that oxidation is occurring on the asteroid, which may be the result of the solar wind hitting the surface.”
16 Psyche is 140 miles in diameter, making it one of the largest non-planetary objects in the asteroid belt and can answer many unsolved questions about the formation of the solar system.
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She added: “What makes Pseke and other asteroids so interesting is that they are considered the basis of the solar system.” “It is fascinating to understand what really makes up planets and potentially see the inside of them. Once you reach Psyche, We will truly understand whether the situation is correct, even if it is not. Anytime there is a surprise, it is always exciting.”
According to the NASA website, NASA plans to launch a mission to visit Bissau 16 in August 2022 and arrive in early 2026.
This 21-month mission will map and study the properties of asteroids, and its main goal is to “determine whether Psyche is indeed the core of a planet-sized object.”
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