NASA’s latest mission could crash the world economy
Tourists take pictures of a NASA sign at the Kennedy Space Center visitors complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida April 14, 2010. President Barack Obama will outline a revamped space policy on Thursday aimed at speeding development of a new heavy-lift rocket, increasing the number of human spaceflight missions, creating 2,500 new jobs and ultimately voyaging to Mars. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS SCI TECH) – RTR2CTIK
NASA has set the date for a trip to an asteroid that could be worth “quadrillions” of dollars.
The Discovery Mission will launch in summer 2022, with a planned arrival at the main asteroid belt where the space rock is located expected in 2026 — four years earlier than the agency’s initial plans.
The asteroid, called 16 Psyche, is a massive hunk of precious metals including platinum and gold as well as iron and nickel.