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NASA admit asteroid worth $10,000 QUADRILLION would sink world economy

• By Rachel O**Q**Donoghue

The space rock – dubbed "16 Psyche" – is approximately 252km (156 miles) wide and is part of a belt of asteroids in the inner solar system.

The US space agency has now fast-forwarded its plans to send a rocket to the asteroid – bringing it forward to 2022.

Psyche is made up entirely of nickel and iron, which are the exact same materials at the Earth's core.

This – as well as its sheer size – had led experts to believe the asteroid is actually the remains of a planet.

But the value of just the iron alone if the asteroid was transported back to Earth, would be $10,000 quadrillion (£8,072 quadrillion).

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