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Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid


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NASA Moves Up Launch of Psyche Mission to a Metal Asteroid

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Psyche, NASA's Discovery Mission to a unique metal asteroid, has been moved up one year with launch in the summer of 2022, and with a planned arrival at the main belt asteroid in 2026 -- four years earlier than the original timeline. 

“We challenged the mission design team to explore if an earlier launch date could provide a more efficient trajectory to the asteroid Psyche, and they came through in a big way,” said Jim Green, director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This will enable us to fulfill our science objectives sooner and at a reduced cost.”

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Wouldn't it be great if resources from space could be exploited to build a utopian economy where there is plenty of everything for all.  The realty will likely be something not as pleasant though.

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"Named after a figure in Greek mythology who achieved immortality, 16 Psyche, which is almost entirely composed of nickel-iron metal, is worth so much money that its value would completely dwarf the meager $78 trillion of all the world's economies combined."

 

Maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea to re-evaluate the global economy, forget the idea of money, work for humanity so that everyone can have food, water and energy and no-one controls anyone by the power of the ammount of money they have

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2 hours ago, OverSword said:

Wouldn't it be great if resources from space could be exploited to build a utopian economy where there is plenty of everything for all.  The realty will likely be something not as pleasant though.

We have everything needed for that here, but like you say reality is not as pleasant...

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3 hours ago, Parsec said:

@OverSword and @EBE Hybrid are you two warming up for the new Star Trek series?

Star Trek - Discovery, looking forward to it, no confirmed launch date yet, but as far as i'm aware it'll be on Netflix in the UK

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Except that it's not really worth that much. If this is brought down to earth, the supply would be so abundant that it'll be worth a fraction of the $10,000 quadrillion.

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4 hours ago, Scuzzy said:

Except that it's not really worth that much. If this is brought down to earth, the supply would be so abundant that it'll be worth a fraction of the $10,000 quadrillion.

Why bother? Iron and Nickel is already in abundant supply on Earth.

It would be interesting if the entire asteroid was actually a huge permanent magnet though:whistle:

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10 hours ago, Scuzzy said:

Except that it's not really worth that much. If this is brought down to earth, the supply would be so abundant that it'll be worth a fraction of the $10,000 quadrillion.

Not to mention the cost of transporting people and equipment. It's not like the Enterprise can hold the asteroid in the transporter pattern buffer then materialize it in the middle of some uninhabited area large enough to hold it.  I'm sure there'd be a premium for "Space Iron" and the novelty of having it used in your building or car.

And from all the people listening to John Lennon's "Imagine",  as long as greed exists and people that want to milk the welfare system by basically being lazy, Utopia will never happen.  Utopia sounds great in theory, but how would you like it if you came home and some stranger was in your home because you went out and weren't using it or all you had was gone because you weren't using it..  In the Utopia of "Imagine" no one owns anything.  We're all fat, dumb and happy with the status quo of stagnation. In a Utopia, nothing can beat the status quo.

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6 hours ago, paperdyer said:

Not to mention the cost of transporting people and equipment.

There is a certain "Irony" (see what i did there, lol) to the idea of traveling to the asteroid belt to mine the material to make your space craft for traveling to Mars!

But, it does make sense if you wish to push further across the solar system, Anyone watched "The Expanse", best start practising the accent now if you want to become a "belter" at some point in the future

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Keep it up there. That's where we are going to need it.

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