NASA is moving forward with a mission to such a valuable asteroid that could destroy the world economy, due to an estimated metal accumulation worth £ 8,000 quadrillion.
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NASA's Psyche mission is now ready to be launched in 2022 – and will target a metal-rich asteroid known as 16 Psyche, which arrived in 2026.
US companies such as Planetary Resources, backed by Titanic director James Cameron, are already planning to send robotic vehicles to extract precious metals and strange asteroid resources.  Christian Schroeder of the University of Stirling says : "Asteroids that cross Earth's orbit can become convenient targets for mining operations by providing materials that are running out on Earth."
Principal researcher Lindy Elkins-Tanton of Arizona State University in Tempe said earlier this year that the 124-mile-wide asteroid would be worth the astronomical sum if we could drag it back to Earth.
Elkins Tanton said: & # 39; Even if we could grab a big piece of metal and drag it back here … what would you do?
& # 39; Could you sit on it? and hide it and control the global resource, something like that the diamonds are controlled in a corporate way, and protect your market? What happens if you decide that you will bring it back and only solve the problems of metal resources of humanity forever? This is a wild speculation, obviously. & # 39;
The Psyche mission will explore one of the most intriguing goals in the main asteroid belt: a giant metal asteroid, known as 16 Psyche, roughly three times farther from the sun than Earth.
This asteroid measures approximately 130 miles in diameter and, unlike most other asteroids that are rocky or icy bodies, it is believed to be mainly composed of iron and metallic nickel, similar to the Earth's core.
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Scientists wonder if Psyche could be an exposed core of a primitive planet that might have been as large as Mars, but that lost its outer rock layers due to a number of collisions violent thousands of millions of years ago.
The mission will help scientists understand how planets and other bodies separated in their layers, including cores, mantles, and scabs, at the beginning of their stories.