NASA is planning a mission to asteroid 16 Psyche, located in the large asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Psyche was revealed to have a core similar to Earth, which would have it made up of iron, nickel, and rare materials such as gold, platinum, copper, cobalt, and others.
“It’s such a strange object,” said Lindy Elkins-Tanton, the lead scientist on the NASA mission and the director of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration.
Spacecraft Elkins-Tanton, which will be launched by 2023, will be sent to observe the asteroid and transmit back data. The spacecraft will reach the asteroid around 2030 and will give scientists better information about the asteroid.