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NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a golden asteroid between Mars and Jupiter

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a golden asteroid between Mars and Jupiter

According to Fox News, Planetary Science Journal, and The Sun, in June 2019, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovered a rare, massive and extremely valuable asteroid called “16 Psyche” in the main asteroid belt of the solar system between Mars and Jupiter. The 16-Psyche space rock is twice as wide as Wells and lies about 230 million miles (370 million km) from Earth and is 140 miles (226 km) long.

Experts claim that the asteroid called ’16 Psyche’ is composed entirely of the metallic iron and nickel with a solid gold core. The estimated value of the asteroid may be in the range of $ 10,000 billion. Researchers at Arizona State University say that Psyche 16 was discovered in 1852 by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis. It is believed that the asteroid was named after the ancient Greek goddess of the soul.

Asteroid Psyche is of scientific interest because it is made of metal. It appears to be one of the building blocks of the Sun’s planetary system and could provide clues about how our planet came to be. The asteroid is likely to have come from a pre-existing planet between Mars and Jupiter.

Every world that humans have discovered so far (except for gas giant planets like Jupiter) has a surface of ice, rock, or a combination of both. Since we cannot directly see or measure the Earth’s core, Psyche provides a unique window into the violent history of the collisions and accretion that created the terrestrial planets.

NASA will launch a satellite in August 2022 to investigate the asteroid. This mission, also called the discovery mission, will reach Psyche 16 around 2026: During 21 months in orbit around the asteroid, the spacecraft will map and study the properties of 16 Psyche using a multispectral imager, gamma rays, neutron spectrometer, magnetometer and instrument radio (to measure gravity),” NASA says.

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“The purpose of the mission is, among other things, to determine whether Psyche is indeed the core of the planet.” Astronomers on Earth have studied Psyche in great detail and believe it somewhat resembles what a potato looks like. Two space-mining companies – with the support of top celebrities – are preparing for a gold rush in the solar system.

H. Raghoebar Master

Suriname Geographers Association