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This Asteroid Is Worth A Fortune

Astronomers have located an asteroid floating through space that’s worth literally all the money in the world.

Known as Psyche 16, the asteroid contains metals worth an estimated 10,000 quadrillion dollars. That’s $10,000,000,000,000,000,000 if you’re keeping count.

Psyche 16 is roughly the size of Massachusetts, is made almost entirely of nickel and iron, and floats in an asteroid belt that orbits between Mars and Jupiter.

NASA will be sending an unmanned spacecraft to study Psyche 16 in 2022. They hope it can teach us about the Earth’s metal core, which may have a similar composition. However, the spacecraft won’t be bringing any of that valuable metal back to Earth.

Do you think we’ll ever have manned colonies on other planets? Will some company try to set up a ‘space mine’ on Psyche 16?


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