NASA’s mission to an asteroid could uncover the secrets of planet formation

Jurica Dujmovic
NASA’s mission to an asteroid could uncover the secrets of planet formation

NASA is preparing to launch a mission to 16 Psyche, an asteroid made mostly of metal. About 90% of the asteroid is iron and nickel, although some speculate that there is enough gold and platinum to shake up the global economy if those metals could be brought back to Earth. The asteroid is a unique astronomical object: It’s one of the 10 most massive bodies in the asteroid belt.