- Somewhere in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, a giant asteroid measuring 130 miles
in diameter orbits the sun.
- The asteroid, 16 Psyche, is unique: While most have icy or rocky bodies, this one is made of primarily iron and nickel, much like Earth’s core.
- All the iron on 16 Psyche could be worth around $10,000 quadrillion — or $10,000,000,000,000,000,000, or $10 quintillion. To put that in perspective, the combined gross domestic product of every country in the world totaled around $74 trillion in 2015.
- Now, NASA is gearing up to send a spacecraft to 16 Psyche. Its goal is
to better understand how Earth and other terrestrial planets came into
existence and developed layers like cores, mantles and crusts. Read more (5/25/17)