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NASA mission to explore metal asteroid 'Psyche' worth thousands of quadrillions to launch in August 2022


A report by Daily Mail said that there could be precious metal in the asteroid worth several tens of thousands of quadrillions of dollars.


The report cites planetary scientist Lindy Elkins-Taton as estimating that the iron content alone in 16 Psyche could be worth $10,000 quadrillion.


NASA said that the Psyche spacecraft is targeted to launch in August 2022, and would arrive at the asteroid in early 2026.


The spectrometer on its part will analyse the neutrons and gamma rays being emitted from the surface to reveal the composition of the asteroid.


The agency added that since it isn't possible to examine Earth's core up-close, exploring the asteroid Psyche (about 226 kilometres wide) could offer researchers valuable insight into how our own planet and others like it, were formed.


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