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NASA sending spacecraft on 7-year journey to metal asteroid in hopes of finding gems

By Alyssa Guzman
Published Oct. 12, 2023

NASA will launch a spacecraft Friday to a metal asteroid in hopes of finding diamonds and rubies.

The mysterious metal asteroid — known as 16 Psyche — is located between Mars and Jupiter and it will take the spacecraft seven years to reach the potentially lucrative rock.

“I hope we might find diamonds and rubies on that asteroid,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said at a press conference.

The spacecraft Falcon Heavy – made by Elon Musk’s SpaceX – was originally scheduled to launch today, but was postponed until Friday due to “unfavorable weather conditions,” NASA said.

It will take off on its 4-billion-mile journey on Friday at 10:19 a.m. from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. When it reenters Earth, it will land in Utah, according to Nelson.

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Source:  https://nypost.com/2023/10/12/nasa-to-send-billion-dollar-spacecraft-to-metal-asteroid-in-hopes-of-finding-gemstones/