With the proposed 2018 U.S. budget cancelling the Asteroid Redirect Mission, NASA will no longer be going to Psyche, an asteroid believed to be the core of a planet, worth $10 quintillions in metal. It takes 1 million trillions to make one quintillion, sporting 18 zeros.
While there were those in the scientific community who potentially wanted to put it into orbit around the Earth or the Moon, many others were worried about the absolute collapse in commodity prices that would have occurred if it were suddenly easy to get all the iron and nickel we’d need for centuries. That would have been at least a few decades away, but it appears as though it just got a couple of extra decades added on to that timeline.
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