Asteroid Redirect Mission: NASA Budget Cuts Could Keep Us From An Asteroid Worth $10 Quintillion
If you know anything about mining on this planet, you’d know that it’s a great business. Some of the most precious metals found are essential in all of our electronics. This brings me to asteroids. What do you think those gigantic pieces of rock are made of? They’re made of so many precious minerals from the creation of the universe that they could be mined to replace all mining on Earth.
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The problem with doing that is that it would destroy the world economy since no further mining would be needed. There are worries of that happening because of the possible cancellation of the Asteroid Redirect Mission.
This news comes as the target asteroid — Asteroid 16 Psyche — has been discovered to have about $10 Quintillion dollars worth of iron, nickel, and various other precious metals that could be worth trillions. That was the mission plan for the Psyche Mission, but like I said: budget cuts could cancel all of this innovation.
Scientists wanted to put the asteroid in orbit around either the Earth or the Moon, but others were of course worried about the potential collapse in commodity prices of the metals since the worry of running out of those metals were no longer a problem for the next couple hundred of years.
The Asteroid Redirect Mission would have blown of a chuck of an existing asteroid with the potential to have all of that metal, flew it towards the Moon, and then put it into lunar orbit so future missions could prove it indeed had the metals.
Once we got that part down, we could use our existing technologies to build habitats, spaceships, and other things on the surface to our benefit. Having that gigantic piece of resources already in space could save even more money instead of the lengthy period of time and resources it takes to fly resources into orbit.
We’ll have to wait and see if NASA can try to get this thing going, but with the current administration in the White House, it’s looking as if there might not even be a NASA in a few years anyway.
Feature Image: courtesy of Dassault Systèmes.
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