NASA is getting ready to probe a massive asteroid that contains so many precious metals it's worth more than our global economy.
The US space agency's asteroid probe will depart for the space rock in August.
The expensive asteroid is called 16 Psyche. It's speculated to be worth $10,000 quadrillion. In comparison, the world's economy is currently worth around $84.5 trillion. Psyche could have enough gold to make us all billionaires.
Nasa's Discovery Mission should arrive at 16 Psyche in 2026. It reckons Psyche is a survivor of violent hit-and-run collisions between planets which were common when the solar system was forming.
That means it could tell us how Earth’s core and the cores of the other terrestrial planets were formed. Nasa wants to determine its exact composition and also examine its four-mile crater. It's hoped the crater could teach us how to deflect an asteroid of this side and prevent it from hitting Earth.
Nasa's spacecraft should also map the asteroid and work out how old it is.
The current plan is to launch it on one of Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy rockets this summer.
The Psyche spacecraft should fly past Mars in May 2023 before continuing another three years into space for its final destination.
Charlotte Edwards - Technology and Science Reporter (The-Sun.com)