NASA is planning to send a spacecraft to a lump of metal in space worth quadrillions of dollars

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http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/579037/nasa-mission-mars-jupiter-psyche-expensive-space-rock-economy-quadrillion-dollars

The 200km-wide asteroid, named Psyche, is currently orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter.

It is made up of various precious metals such as iron, nickel and gold.

Experts believe the iron alone in the rock would be worth $10,000 quadrillion – enough to cause the world’s economy, worth $73.7 trillion, to promptly collapse altogether.

Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the lead scientist on the NASA mission and the director of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, told Canada’s Global News: “Even if we could grab a big metal piece and drag it back here … what would you do?

“Could you kind of sit on it and hide it and control the global resource — kind of like diamonds are controlled corporately — and protect your market?

“What if you decided you were going to bring it back and you were just going to solve the metal resource problems of humankind for all time?”

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a quadrillion..now you know why space and the race is the biggest game in town..

“Experts believe the iron alone in the rock would be worth $10,000 quadrillion – enough to cause the world’s economy, worth $73.7 trillion, to promptly collapse altogether.”

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~ by seeker401 on January 24, 2017.

10 Responses to “NASA is planning to send a spacecraft to a lump of metal in space worth quadrillions of dollars”

  1. AND they have still to get to the moon – lol
    So easy done hauling a giant piece back to earth – the only problem is that it burns up or lands in the pacific not next to a smelter.
    Its a job for Superman

    Some special kind of cannabis these NASA people are on – after they get their degree in creative writing from Fantasy University , Mountain High Colorado .

  2. Hello Seeker and Charles Allen.

    First of all, iron and nickle are NOT precious metals. They’re abundant in the case of iron and in steady production in the case of nickle, which is not rare. And they’re already on Earth, which helps. And as Charles says, they have to get to / return (?) to the Moon first (although someone somehow got there, to judge by the moon rocks that were delivered to NASA labs by someone).

    And then there’s the cost of dealing with Earth’s gravity-well, and taking god alone knows how much weight of gear up to render those common-on-earth metals useable, and then bring those same metals (in massive bulk) down to Earth. “Down-to-Earth” might be a useful concept for these people to familiarize themselves with.

    All the best to you both.

    Andrew Farquharson.

    • perhaps the iron and nickel is just a cover for something else..quadrillion is way over the top..

      http://someinterestingfacts.net/top-10-most-expensive-materials-in-the-world/

    • I think the “moon” rocks could be earth rocks . I was reading Verner Von Braun (the Nazi rocket scientist) – his essay on the impossibility of flying to the moon re amount of fuel etc to get there and back (not even mentioning the van allen belts) .

      He thought the mechanics of escaping the earth’s atmosphere and gravity were impossible by an enormous margin let alone returning from the moon.
      The Russians being good chess players are holding this information as
      a weapon .

  3. Hello Seeker.

    It might have everything to do with the new administration. Perhaps this is just a signalling attempt, in order to gain the attention of someone influential, considering that NASA and its associated agencies are likely to be directed away from the Global Warming Grovel.

    Although it has to be said that humans still have to be able to “get out there” into near planetary space, if any of this pipe dream stuff is to happen, although apparently someone did/does, if you consider the in-quantity arrival of Moon rocks on Earth.

    See you.

    Andrew Farquharson.

  4. so they can drag this rock back…? but can’t drag a jumbo jet out of the ocean?

  5. Reblogged this on World Peace Forum.

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