It’s knows as 16 Psyche. It’s an asteroid composed of iron, nickel, and precious metals. It’s located in the large asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and reportedly it could lay cause for the collapse of the world’s economy.
The asteroid is 230 million miles away from Earth, but Nasa plans to visit it in 2023. The asteroid is deemed to be worth $10,000 quadrillion and would destroy commodity prices and lead to the collapse of the world’s economy now worth $73.7 trillion.
Economists say if the asteroid is brought to Earth for economic reasons, it would cause the value of precious metals like copper and platinum to plummet, while devaluing all assets in the process. Nasa’s plan, however, is to utilize this discovery for physical purposes. The findings brought on by this asteroid could help in the understanding of how planets separate into layers.
Nasa plans to launch the mission in October of 2023, arriving at the actual asteroid in the year 2030. Dr. Elkins-Tanton believes that the asteroid has a very real possibility of containing material that is formed in close proximity of the sun.
The possibility of the asteroid containing water also poses magnitudes of hope for the human race. If water is found, the asteroid could be a pit-stop on the way to Mars for fuel use or drinking water. According to the Daily Mail, the chunk of metal is 130 miles wide.
H/T: Daily Mail
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