NASA is working on sending a probe to an asteroid that might hold thousands of billions of pounds worth of gold, platinum and other special metals.
About the asteroid
The asteroid is called 16 Psyche and it is located in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. NASA wants to launch a solar-powered space probe towards the asteroid in 2022, which should arrive after four years and then it will spend two years investigating the metallic composition of the asteroid.
Telescope observations seem to match the primary composition of the asteroid with nickel and iron.
NBC News experts say that the asteroid might also contain precious metals like gold and platinum which could potentially value thousands of billions of pounds.
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