NASA hunts for asteroid to find expensive metals
NASA is on mission to search for asteroid, which is so valuable that it could crash the world’s economy. It may be 370 million km away from Earth, but this asteroid could be worth a fortune. 16 Psyche is one of the most mysterious objects in our solar system, and scientists could soon be getting a close-up view thanks to a NASA mission. The space agency revealed its plan to launch the mission to visit the asteroid a year earlier than planned, in 2022, and arrive four years earlier than planned in 2026. If the asteroid could be transported back to Earth, the iron alone would be worth $10,000 quadrillion. It's value would be large enough to destroy commodity prices and cause the world's economy - worth $73.7 trillion to collapse. 16 Psyche is located in the large asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and may have started as a planet, before it was partially destroyed during the formation of the solar system. Now, it is a 130 mile (200km) wide chunk of metal, made up of iron, nickel and a number of other rare metals, including gold, platinum and copper.