posted on Jul, 14 2008 @ 11:51 PM
The asteroid belt isn't just made up of floating rocks.
For example the asteriod called "16 Psyche" is a 200 km ball of iron-nickel.
That's 1.7 E19 Kg of Iron! That would be enough to meet the global iron production rate experienced in 2004 for several million years!
Also, scientists suspect that the asteroid "433 Eros" may have a mixture of metals such as aluminum, gold, platinum and other rare metals within its
33 km x 13 km x 13km body. In the 2,900 cubic kms of Eros, there is more metals for use than could be ever excavated from the earth's crust.
This could be the gold mine of the future.
Rare gold meteorites have been found on the earth's surface.
A 100 pound gold meteorite was found in Australia around 1974. It was found a few inches below the surface of the outback, miles away from any
mountains or any probable sources of gold. They found it with a metal detector.
When you see a falling asteroid get there first, it may be solid gold. On the other hand be careful, it may be radioactive.