That being said, Forbes reports that Nasa is already observing the rock for data that could be used on future study missions. Due to Nereus’s shape and orbital path with the Sun, it would make an ideal asteroid to send a robotic craft to and also for mining purposes.
Previous studies have suggested that Nereus would be an ideal asteroid to mine for minerals such as nickel, iron and cobalt.
A paper published in 2009 names Nereus as a “strong candidate for a rendezvous mission” as “spacecraft orbits about Nereus are feasible.”
Although its trajectory isn’t currently on a collision course with Earth any small change could be catastrophic. Last week, Nasa unveiled their plans to crash an asteroid into an asteroid that is heading to Earth.