According to “USA Today” reports, as NASA prepares to send a spacecraft there, an asteroid that may be more valuable than the Earth’s entire economy is the subject of a new study.
“USA Today” reported that the asteroid 16 Psyche is part of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. It is unique because it can be made entirely of metal.
The lead author of the new study, Tracy Becker of the Southwest Research Institute, said: “We have seen meteorites. These meteorites are mainly metallic, but Seck may be unique because it may be made entirely of iron and Asteroids made of nickel.” In a statement, according to USA Today.
According to Forbes, the value of metals in asteroids is approximately US$1
In comparison, the entire economic value of the planet in 2019 is approximately US$142 trillion.
However, according to “USA Today” reports, NASA does not have the technology to mine asteroids and has no plans to bring these metals into the earth.
Researchers believe that “16 Psyche” may be a “protoplanet” or the core of a planet that has begun to form but never succeeded.
Becker of the Southwest Research Institute said: “The earth has a metal core, a mantle and a crust.” “When the protoplanet is formed, it may be hit by another object in our solar system and lose the mantle and crust.”
According to Fox News, the asteroid was first discovered by the Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis in 1852 and is about 230 million miles from Earth. Its diameter of 140 miles makes it one of the largest objects in the asteroid belt.
Fox reported that NASA is currently planning a visit to 16 Gisé, the detective will leave in 2022 and arrive in 2026. During the mission, NASA hopes to use asteroids to study the formation of the solar system and “observe the inner planets.”
Becker said in the statement: “What makes Psyker 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.” Upon arriving at Psyche, we will truly understand whether the situation is correct, even if it is not. Anytime there is a surprise, it is always exciting.”