NASA announces launch date to visit asteroid worth 70,000 times global economy

NASA has announced the timescale for sending up a rocket to an asteroid that is worth more than the entire economy of our own planet.

It’s called Psyche, and it’s made out of metals that – if we could mine them and get them back down here – would be worth an eye-watering sum of money.

But that’s not necessarily the important thing about it.

It could be that the hurtling lump of space stuff is the former core of another planet that was bashed around at the very birth of our solar system, meaning there could be some stuff that we could learn about our own planet from heading to Psyche.

That’s why NASA wants to start a mission up there in October 2023.

Now though, it’s finally getting everything underway.

“The Psyche project is targeting an October 2023 launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket,” the US space agency wrote.

NASA’s Psyche module. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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