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  • 25 November, 2020

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ASTEROID 16 PSYCHE

ASTEROID 16 PSYCHE

  • NASA has found that 16 Psyche asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter is made of rare metals such as gold, cobalt, platinum, rhenium and iridium.
  • The total worth of the precious metals in the asteroid has been estimated as 10,000 Quadrillion USD by NASA scientists.

About Asteroid 16 Psyche

  • Oxidation is constantly occurring at the surface of the asteroid due to solar winds.
  • Solar winds are stream of charged particles from the hot outer atmosphere of the sun called Corona.

How is earth protected from Solar Winds?

  • Earth protects itself from the solar winds with its magnetic field.
  • The magnetic field of the earth deflects most of the charged particles from the sun.
  • However, some of the charged particles get trapped in the Van Allen Radiation belt.
  • There are two such belts around the earth. They are in the inner regions of the magnetosphere of the earth.

Mission Psyche

  • It is a journey to a unique metal asteroid orbiting the sun between Jupiter and Mars.
  • It has been planned to be launched by 2022.
  • The mission will discover will characterize topography of Psyche.

Source: PIB


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