NASA Sending Retrieval Rocket Towards Valuable Asteroid Admitting That It May Crash Entire Economy

NASA has officially set a date for a trip to an asteroid that is so valuable it could collapse the world’s economy.

The mission is set to launch in the summer of 2022, and is planned to arrive at the main asteroid belt where the asteroid is located in the year 2026.

The asteroid named “16 Psyche” measures about 130 miles in diameter and is made entirely of nickel and iron.

Psyche is worth approximately $10,000 quadrillion, according to Daily Star.

To put that in perspective, the world’s economy is currently worth $73.7 trillion dollars.

Companies like Planetary Resources — backed by famous director James Cameron — are already planning to mine rare resources and precious metals from asteroids.

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

“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,” Elkins-Tanton speculated.

Elkins-Tanton also mentioned not just the monetary value of the asteroid, but the impact it could have on resources as well.

“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,” she said.

While some speculate on the affect Psyche could have on the earth, others find the challenge to start the journey extraordinary in itself.

“We challenged the mission design team to explore if an earlier launch date could provide a more efficient trajectory to the asteroid Psyche, and they came through in a big way,” Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division of NASA said.

“This will enable us to fulfill our science objectives sooner and at a reduced cost.”

Many scientists wonder if the asteroid could be an exposed core from a planet as large as Mars.

The space agency believes Psyche is the bi-product of collisions between planets which were common when the solar system was forming.

NASA hopes that this discovery could help explain how the Earth’s core and the cores of other planets were formed.