NASA unveils rare photo of metal asteroid valued at $10,000 quadrillion

NASA unveiled an artist’s rendition of rare photos of an asteroid valued at $10,000 quadrillion.

The asteroid named “16 Psyche” measures an average diameter of about 140 miles (226 kilometers), according to NASA Science, and scientists have speculated that it is made up of mostly metallic iron and nickel, much like Earth’s core.

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NASA plans to take a closer look at the one-of-kind object many think is worth more than the global economy in a mission set to launch in August 2022 and arrive at the asteroid in early 2026.

“The Psyche mission will be the first mission to investigate a world of metal rather than of rock and ice,” the NASA Science post said. “Psyche offers a unique window into the violent history of collisions and accretion that created terrestrial planets.”

Twitter fans were quick to share their thoughts on the asteroid.

NASA’s goal on this mission, among other items, will be to determine if Psyche really is the “core of a planet-size object.”


Psyche was originally discovered on March 17, 1852, by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis.

According to Jamie Carter with Forbes.com, the study by the Hubble Space Telescope shows Psyche as “one of the most massive objects in the Solar System’s main asteroid belt orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.”

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