The Golden Asteroid
NASA is relaunching its Psyche mission: the asteroid which could bring nearly 1.4 billion euros to all Earthlings! 16 Psyche or the golden asteroid is a 140 mile wide or 226 kilometer wide asteroid and could (about the distance between Los Angeles and San Diego) contain a core of iron, nickel and gold worth $10,000 quadrillion.
NASA has announced that it is relaunching its Psyche mission. This one, whose launch was initially scheduled for 2019, had to be postponed due to development and software problems. For now, the official launch date is set for October 10, 2023.
Located between Mars and Jupiter, 16 Psyche is a metallic asteroid that could make every Earthling a true billionaire. According to Forbes magazine, the star could contain “a core of iron, nickel and gold worth… EUR 10,000 quadrillion”. A sum which, if it were distributed among all the inhabitants of the planet, would make it possible to pay back to each nearly 1.4 billion euros.
This mission, initially scheduled for 2019, had to be postponed for several months due to development and software problems. For the moment, the official launch date is set for October 10, 2023, but it will still be necessary to wait until 2026 for the unmanned mission to reach its destination.
This Psyche mission is part of NASA’s Discovery program, which includes a series of inexpensive space missions (less than $450 million). This program, centered on robotic exploration of the Solar System, aims to identify exoplanets. Thanks to the asteroid Psyche – which would be the exposed metallic heart of a dead planet – NASA hopes to better understand the core of our own planet.
NASA, soon on its way to 16 Pysche
NASA’s trip to asteroid 16 Psyche has been planned since 2019. Initially, it was in August 2022 that the space agency had planned to launch its spacecraft, also called Psyche. But the start of the mission has been delayed by development and software problems and postponed to August 10, 2023. However, it will take until 2026 for the spacecraft to arrive on the asteroid. Once there, it should orbit for 21 months to study the composition of the asteroid, says Forbes.