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NASA finds rare metal asteroid worth more than global economy

The heavy-metal object, called “16 Psyche”, is worth $10,000 quadrillion. That's 70,000 times the world's economy.
 
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NASA already has plans to visit 16 Psyche as part of its Discovery Program, with an orbiter set to launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in August 2022. The mission would arrive at 16 Psyche in January 2026 and spend at least 21 months mapping and studying the asteroid’s unique properties. If the mission could bring the asteroid back to Earth, every person on the planet -- each of almost 8 billion of us -- would get roughly $1.2 billion, based on current metal prices.

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