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NASA to explore space rock worth so much money it would DESTROY world economy
Daily Star ^ | 16th January 2017 | Peter Truman

Posted on 01/16/2017 4:24:39 PM PST by COBOL2Java

THE American space agency is planning to send a spacecraft to a lump of metal in space worth quadrillions of dollars.

The 200km-wide asteroid is currently orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter.

It is made up of various precious metals such as iron, nickel and gold.

Experts believe the iron alone in the rock would be worth $10,000 quadrillion – enough to cause the world’s economy, worth $73.7 trillion, to promptly collapse altogether.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailystar.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Science
KEYWORDS: 201701; asteroid; asteroidmining; gold; iron; metal; nasa; nickel; nickelmining; spaceforce
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1 posted on 01/16/2017 4:24:39 PM PST by COBOL2Java
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Well, NASA should be able to start covering its costs....


2 posted on 01/16/2017 4:26:51 PM PST by AndyTheBear
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No one is going to go up there and mine that thing an a quadrillion years so bfd


3 posted on 01/16/2017 4:27:18 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom Its a Joke friends)
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To: COBOL2Java

Is that enough to service the Obamadebt?


4 posted on 01/16/2017 4:27:31 PM PST by Organic Panic (Rich White Man Evicts Poor Black Family From Public Housing - MSNBCPBSCNNNYTABC)
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Well just throw a tow rope around that puppy and bring it home!

Sell it to finance space exploration.

5 posted on 01/16/2017 4:28:17 PM PST by grobdriver (Where is Wilson Blair when you need him?)
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To: COBOL2Java

“That’s no asteroid! That’s a space station!”


6 posted on 01/16/2017 4:28:42 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Fidel and Che are together again, and it ain't on a t-shirt.)
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7 posted on 01/16/2017 4:29:02 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (STOP THE TAPE!)
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To: COBOL2Java

What?

This makes no economic sense.

Value is what someone is willing to pay for.

Fake news.


8 posted on 01/16/2017 4:30:03 PM PST by hadaclueonce (This time I am Deplorable)
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To: COBOL2Java

That’s less than four times the bill that Obunghole ran up.


9 posted on 01/16/2017 4:30:32 PM PST by beethovenfan (I always try to maximize my carbon footprint.)
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So what if the capture of thie asteroid would disrupt the investment of speculators? The reason that iron and other metals are valuable is becaus what they can do for us not who has the lock on the investments because of their scarcity. I say to hell with them. They made the bets and would lose. We should mine that rock and let eveyone benefit from getting more resources.
10 posted on 01/16/2017 4:30:44 PM PST by WMarshal ( Schadenfreude, it feels so good!)
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To: COBOL2Java

You know that website where you can name stars and such for loved ones? I already claimed title to that rock..............Anyone wish to negotiate a sales price?


11 posted on 01/16/2017 4:30:48 PM PST by Hot Tabasco
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No one is going to go up there and mine that thing an a quadrillion years so bfd

You kidding? Harry S. Stamper would!


12 posted on 01/16/2017 4:32:14 PM PST by COBOL2Java (1 Tim 2:1-3)
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A commenter on the article states:

6 Psyche is one of the ten most-massive asteroids in the asteroid belt. It is over 200 kilometers in diameter and contains a little less than 1% of the mass of the entire asteroid belt. It is thought to be the exposed iron core of a protoplanet. It is the most massive metallic M-type asteroid. Psyche was discovered by the Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis on 17 March 1852 from Naples and named after the Greek mythological figure Psyche.

Radar observations indicate that Psyche has a fairly pure iron–nickel composition, consistent with it having the highest radar albedo of any asteroid in the asteroid belt (0.29±0.11). Psyche seems to have a surface that is 90% metallic (iron), with small amounts of pyroxene.

13 posted on 01/16/2017 4:32:52 PM PST by Godebert (CRUZ: Born in a foreign land to a foreign father.)
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To: COBOL2Java

Just drop that baby in my backyard.


14 posted on 01/16/2017 4:33:11 PM PST by moovova
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Gold kills microbes...

Trump could indeed give us all “Golden showers”, and by that i mean make gold so cheap you can make bathroom fixtures plated in it that require less cleaning and are anti-microbal!


15 posted on 01/16/2017 4:33:15 PM PST by GraceG (Only a fool works hard in an environment where hard work is not appreciated...)
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Don’t let John Travolta and Tom Cruise and their whole whacky clown posse of dianeticists find out. The alien’s whole purpose in coming to Earth was to steal our gold. If they were to find out there was a giant lump of it floating right next door for the taking, it would ruin our tourist and gullible hollywierdo industry.


16 posted on 01/16/2017 4:34:24 PM PST by Sirius Lee (If Trump loses, America dies)
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To: COBOL2Java

In my best TV Announcer voice, next week on Gold Rush.


17 posted on 01/16/2017 4:34:32 PM PST by Kickass Conservative ( Democracy, two Wolves and one Sheep deciding what's for Dinner.)
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To: COBOL2Java
Mine it and build spaceships there.
Better than lifting all that mass out of Earth's gravity well.
As for how much it's worth, that's AFTER it's been mined, refined and transported to the customers.
We have a few little technical details to work out first.

18 posted on 01/16/2017 4:34:38 PM PST by BitWielder1 (I'd rather have Unequal Wealth than Equal Poverty.)
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What is the problem...we have iron to mine that we do not need to send back into space.
Use it there.


19 posted on 01/16/2017 4:36:25 PM PST by glasseye
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To: COBOL2Java

Buy it for 1 dollar on Amazon plus shipping.


20 posted on 01/16/2017 4:38:07 PM PST by Raycpa
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