Recently, a new study used the Hubble Space Telescope to get a more detailed picture of one of the most valuable asteroids we know.
This asteroid is in the line of sight of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which, in cooperation with Space X, billionaire Elon Musk, is planning an exploratory mission for 2022.
But what makes this asteroid so valuable?
It is a giant rock found within the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
Various notes indicate that the soul is made Mainly of metal It is believed to have been part of the core of a planet that failed to form.
If so, this could give us more information about how the cores of Earth and the cores of other planets formed.
We’ve seen other meteorites that are mostly metal, but What makes Psyche unique is that it may be made entirely of iron and nickel“Tracy Baker, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in Texas, says, United State.
Becker is part of the latest Psyche Surface study.
It is believed that in addition to iron and nickel, an asteroid can also contain platinum and gold. all of these They are minerals of great value.
Some estimates suggest that the total economic value of all breath minerals can exceed 10,000 quadrillion US dollars.
Taking into account that the value of the global economy in 2019 was 142 billion US dollars According to German data portal Statista, Psyche minerals can be said to be valuable About 70,000 times more.
No wonder Psyche is also known as the “golden asteroid”.