Our Solar System is one complex system that is constantly giving surprises. The brightest star in our system is known to protect the other planets from interstellar plasma using its solar winds. Jupiter is known to be attacked by asteroids and there is presence of water on Mars as well. All the unique discoveries are possibly going to help turn our Solar System into an inhabitable place. The researchers have recently found an asteroid that is made up of metals. It is assumed to have $700 Quintillion of metals. The warnings are to date unexplainable. The asteroid dubbed 16 Psyche is the one that is found to be immensely valuable due to the presence of diverse metals. The factoids present on it make it stand out. 16 Psyche is found to have 95% of its body covered in metals like iron, gold, nickel, and platinum.
This $700 quintillion metal body if ever brought down to the Earth then every individual on the planet would be entitled to $93 Billion. The researchers are assuming that it is the unsheathed metal core of a former protoplanet. In case it is true then the astronomers will be exploring a planet’s core for the first time and along with it, Earth’s core can also be comparatively studied. The researchers are trying to find out if 16 Psyche is a core then where the crusts and rocky mantle disappeared. The Psyche mission will have a probe sent to the rare body by 2022 and it is expected to reach by 2026 as it is about 244,128,585 Miles from Earth. The metal asteroid spinning around proves that space can also have extremely hard objects hovering around. The new study can help understand the planetary cores.
Similarly, NASA scientists and researchers at Arizona State University have decided to manufacture a probe that can help understand how planetary bodies are formed. The probe is in the final stage of its design and development stage as it is preparing for its 2022 launch. By 2021, Phase D will be created and the testing and rest of the assembly will be carried out by early 2022. NASA expects to reach the eponymous asteroid on January 31, 2026, after bustling Mars in 2023. The Psyche craft will be integrated with magnetometer, a gamma-ray & neutron spectrometer, and multi-spectral imager. The mission is being undertaken by Maxar Space Solutions, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Arizona State University.