If you can tolerate the way-too-many pop-ups that Big Think feels you need to be subjected to, they have this piece complete with video about NASA's planned trip to Psyche, an asteroid believed to be the core of an ancient planet and containing enough mineral resources to "collapse the world economy."
[...] Elkins-Tanton has estimated the value of the asteroid’s iron content alone at approximately $10,000 quadrillion. That’s to say nothing of the gold, copper, and platinum to be found.
The value of this asteroid alone could wipe out global debt, $60 trillion, and leave enough left over to give every human on the planet a comfortable lifestyle, or conversely, cause the collapse of the world economy and send us hurdling back to the Dark Ages. Take your pick. Elkins-Tanton suggested dragging back a hunk and doling it out little by little, but also played with the idea of solving mineral scarcity for all-time.
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