When it realized that the earth's resource endowment was not enough, the United States had long ago turned its attention to space.
According to foreign media reports, NASA's Hubble telescope has found an object named 16 psyche in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
The asteroid is about 230 million miles (370 million kilometers) from earth and 140 miles (225.3 kilometers) in diameter.
It doesn't seem to make sense to look at these data alone, but the point is here. Unlike other asteroids, which are mostly composed of rocks and ice, 16 psyche is very similar to the earth's core and is full of metallic materials, including but not limited to iron and nickel, NASA said.
Material analysis is not obtained by sampling, but by the ultraviolet spectrum obtained by Hubble.
After considering the size of the asteroid, NASA estimates that the value of its metal minerals will be as high as 100 billion US dollars, 100000 times of the global economy in 2019.
Now, NASA has proposed a space mission called Discovery Mission psyche,It is planned to send the probe to the asteroid with the help of Falcon heavy rocket in 2022, and it is expected to enter orbit in 2026 to obtain the first-hand information at close range.
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