Your Digital Self: Mining this asteroid between Mars and Jupiter would net $10,000 quadrillion

A common element in sci-fi movies is asteroids. We’re either blowing them up, landing on them, living inside them or mining them for profit.

That last cliché might actually become reality in the near future, thanks to one of the latest NASA missions:

The goal is to research 16 Psyche, an asteroid orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter. The asteroid has a diameter of about 135 miles, and it’s mostly composed of precious metals, which makes it a veritable treasure trove.

If all its metals (nickel-iron, platinum, iridium and rhenium) would somehow be extracted and sold on Earth, they would fetch a price of $10,000 quadrillion.

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