We are talking about 16 Psyche, which is one of the largest asteroids in the famous asteroid belt. NASA is preparing a mission for it. Interestingly, it will be implemented by Elon Musk himself and his company SpaceX. Commodity exchanges tremble in their foundations against such objects. This asteroid is 210 kilometers in diameter and consists mainly of iron, nickel, gold and platinum. In fact, there are so many of these resources that, according to preliminary calculations, they may have a value of up to 37 trillion zlotys.
Experts calculate that it is 100,000 times more than the annual turnover of the entire global economy. This shows what weirdness is hiding in the abyss of outer space. Thanks to them, we will be able to accelerate our development in the future and explore the universe even more intensively.
Unfortunately, however, recent studies show that the 16 Psyche is not as rich in metals as previously thought. Scientists have calculated that the space rock may contain up to 95 percent of metal. Meanwhile, the latest research, published in The Planetary Science Journal, shows that it is 82.5 percent metal, 7 percent low-iron pyroxene, and 10.5 percent carbon chondrite.
This significantly reduces its value, but it will still be trillions of zlotys. “Lower metal content than previously thought means the asteroid may have been vulnerable to collisions with asteroids containing the more common carbon chondrites that have laid down the surface layer we observe“Said David Cantillo of the University of Arizona. Importantly, it was also observed on the West asteroid by the NASA Dawn spacecraft.
Why is NASA preparing a mission for this fascinating object? The reason is prosaic. Scientists want to learn not only about the history of the turbulent development of the solar system, but also to develop technologies for the needs of space mining. This is what is to allow our civilization to develop faster in the coming decades, when resources will start to shrink drastically, and humanity will finally want to live permanently on other objects traversing the solar system.
The mission for the 16 Psyche is scheduled to launch in August 2022 on top of SpaceX’s mighty Falcon Heavy rocket. NASA has allocated $ 117 million to the project by Elon Musk’s company. Designed and built by the Americans, the spacecraft is expected to reach Psyche and begin research in 2026. Then we will start a new chapter in the history of mankind, which will consist in attempts to obtain raw materials from foreign objects for the construction of a cosmic civilization and the desire to conquer the solar system, and one day also the galaxy.
Source: GeekWeek.pl/The Planetary Science Journal/NASA /University of Arizona /Fot. NASA
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