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NASA’s Psyche Mission aims to explore a metal asteroid that could be the heart of a planet, and is readying for a 2022 launch. The final design as well as fabrication phase has been approved by Washington, and this is where the Psyche team finalizes the system design, develops detailed plans and procedures for the spacecraft / science mission, and completes both assembly, along with testing of the spacecraft and its subsystems. Just how much could this metal asteroid be worth? Some are speculating it at up to $700 quintillion due to all the precious metals.