The 200km-wide asteroid, named Psyche, is currently orbiting the sun between Mars and Jupiter.
It is made up of various precious metals such as iron, nickel and gold.
Experts believe the iron alone in the rock would be worth $10,000 quadrillion – enough to cause the world’s economy, worth $73.7 trillion, to promptly collapse altogether.
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If this is true, then why mine asteroids?
Will this "wealth" belong to NASA (i.e., the US government)? Or, as I suspect, will the mining be contracted to private parties who will keep most of it?
We should admit that the concept of "wealth" is merely a control mechanism - something to keep the "rabble" in line while the "elite" bask in splendor. In other words, it is a tool of class warfare.
Anyway ... here is my two cents - divide this material equally among all humanity. Give everyone a 3-D printer capable of making whatever they want, and let them do with it whatever they wish. The only limits I would impose are these - no reselling, and everyone is responsible for their own waste disposal.