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NASA Mission Asteroid for Metals Worth Ten Thousand Quadrillion Dollars

Accepted submission by randomerr at 2017-01-19 14:23:19

NASA wants to uncover the mystery behind the asteroid “16 Psyche [].” that may contain a priceless treasure trove of minerals []. “We’ve been to all the different planets, we’ve been to other asteroids. But we’ve never visited a body that has been made of entirely metal,” said Carol Polanskey [], project scientist for the Psyche mission. Now NASA, led by researchers at Arizona State University, plans to send an unmanned spacecraft to orbit 16 Psyche – an asteroid roughly the size of Massachusetts, made of iron and other precious metals. The mission’s leader estimates that the iron alone on today’s market would be worth $10,000 quadrillion.

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