As the title suggests, Elon Musk has finally decided to team up with NASA in order to check out a massive asteroid made out of the most precious metals known to man.
That’s right, SpaceX and NASA have joined forces now so as to make sure that they can send off an unmanned spacecraft to 16 Psyche as early as the summer of 2022.
As the title suggests, this is not an ordinary asteroid either, as it is believed to be a massive heap of platinum, iron, and nickel which together would be worth around £8,000-quadrillion.
That might not sound like all that much but just for reference’s sake, our own world’s economy is around £59.5trillion which would easily cause the economical system as we know it to crash and burn overnight. Psyche is around 120 miles wide too and as you can instantly tell; NASA and Elon Musk don’t want to actually mine it, to begin with.
Letting the systematic economy issue aside for a moment it still wouldn’t be worth the mining as it would literally mean that we’d be burning just as much money in order to get it here as we would spending it.
Instead, NASA is hoping to be able to examine the asteroid’s composition and get a better grasp of where it comes from and whether it could potentially break out of the orbit it’s stuck in and head for Earth