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Asteroid Psyche: quintillions dollars inside

March 17, 1852 the Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis discovered asteroid, named in honor of the goddess Psyche, a symbol of the Greek mythology, the soul. The cost of all the resources of this asteroid is between 10 and 700 quintillion dollars!

Asteroid mining — a promising area of ​​interest to which all exhibit space powers. And even going to send an expedition there.

Asteroid Psyche: quintillions dollars inside

Text: nat-geo.ru

After the discovery of the asteroid Psyche, further study of the heavenly bodies gave sensational results: it contains a record high amount of iron, nickel, platinum, copper and gold.

Asteroid Psyche: quintillions dollars inside

Iron-nickel asteroids are very rare (carbon silicate and much more). In addition Psyche stands out due to its diameter — 226 km! On her one account for almost 1% of the total weight of all the bodies in the asteroid belt.

Three-dimensional model of the asteroid Psyche:

Three-dimensional model of the asteroid Psyche

Several years ago, NASA’s — who else — has announced a planned expedition to an asteroid. The reason is clear: in future interest in asteroid mining show all space-faring nations. Especially for such a «precious» as this one.

Asteroid Psyche: quintillions dollars inside

Considered three options work for the development of an asteroid : ore extraction and its delivery to the place of further processing; processing on-site with the subsequent delivery already obtained, as well as moving to a safe asteroid orbit between the Moon and Earth.

Another model of the asteroid Psyche:

Another model of the asteroid Psyche

But there is one problem: the huge size of Psyche and far distance does not allow to carry out any one of these options — at least at the present level of technological development .

Model Psyche:

model Psyche

Psyche is almost three times farther from the Sun than the Earth (2.747 AU). Way from the Earth — provided a successful start in the summer of 2022 — will take 4 years, and about 20 months, the spacecraft will conduct the study of the celestial body.

Asteroid Psyche: quintillions dollars inside

Also, scientists are interested in the reasons for such a high concentration of precious metals: presumably Psyche — unborn planet, similar in composition to the cores of the Earth or Mars.

Asteroid Psyche: quintillions dollars inside

According to various estimates, the cost of all the resources of an asteroid — from 10 to 700 quintillion dollars . This would be enough to make all the people billionaires, but the world economy would have collapsed after the fall of commodity prices.

Elevation model Psyche:

Model Psyche relief

What is a quintillion? This 1,000 quadrillion, or one million trillion.

What is a quintillion?  This 1,000 quadrillion, or 1 000 000 trillion

Representatives of the mining industry left little hope. According to the director EuroSun Mining Scott Moore to the world market annually receives about 141.75 tons of gold, but these amounts pale in comparison to what you can get in space. «If you want to become a gold titanium, you have to get off the ground — these titans will work in space», — he says.

Asteroid Psyche: quintillions dollars inside