An asteroid oozing with precious metals could put everyone on Earth’s greed to rest
Well, NASA has found such an asteroid. In fact, they are planning to loot it! They are in talks to send a craft out to it in August 2022. The rock consists of these two precious metals – Gold and Platinum. In fact, so much that it could, theoretically, turn every human on Earth into a billionaire.
One asteroid to make billionaires of them all! My precious.
Meet the precious rock
The rock’s name is 16 Psyche. And its core is not only limited to gold and platinum, but also iron and nickel. Could you imagine what it would be worth? Well, let’s not stress you with guessing, when instead you could stress with counting the number of zeroes. Go ahead, $10,000,000,000,000,000,000.
The asteroid is worth $10,000 quadrillion or £8,000 quadrillion. So, how many zeroes are there in a quadrillion? Share in the comments section.
But even if the NASA scientists could somehow manage this huge asteroid to Earth, would it really make us all rich? Alas, no! On the contrary, the economy is going to crash in a jiffy. Indeed, not such an ideal gold rush.
The asteroid presently lays somewhere between Mars and Jupiter. Moreover, it is anticipated that its mass is 1% of Mars.
If we are to believe NASA, it is “somewhat shaped like a potato”! But can we really believe NASA after this – They claim that this is only for the purpose of scientific advancement. Nothing more, nothing less. So, where will all the precious metal go?
Image credits : NASA