Need some extra cash? Charter a ship to an asteroid worth a cool $10,000 Quadrillion

Looking for some extra cash during the pandemic? 

All you have to do is go for a 230 million mile jaunt to the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and the protoplanet is yours for the taking. 

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“16 Psyche”, an asteroid discovered on March 17, 1852, by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis, is said to be worth as much as $10,000 quadrillion—according to experts. According to a new study, the rock could be almost entirely comprised of iron and nickel. If that is the case, its astronomical value is justified. 

To put the $10,000 quadrillion valuation in perspective: according to data from the World Economic Forum, the GDP for the entire planet was $114.4 trillion in 2018. 

It is believed to be the leftover core of a planet that started to form and failed. 

Read Also: NASA successfully stowed leaking sample from asteroid Bennu

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Dr. Tracy Becker, the lead author of a new study on the asteroid, explained the likely origins of the asteroid: “We’ve seen meteorites that are mostly metal, but Psyche could be unique in that it might be an asteroid that is totally made of iron and nickel… Earth has a metal core, a mantle and crust. It’s possible that as a Psyche protoplanet was forming, it was struck by another object in our solar system and lost its mantle and crust.”

As one of the largest non-planet objects in the asteroid belt—at a Death Star-like 140-miles in diameter—observing the asteroid could answer many unanswered questions about the formation of the Solar System. 

NASA hopes to get those answers. The space agency plans to launch a mission to visit 16 Psyche in August 2022 and arriving in early 2026. 

If Elon Musk decides to send a rocket to Psyche next year, I’ll be the first in line for a ticket. It’s a small price to pay for the greatest lotto winnings in the solar system. 

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