For the first time ever, we are
exploring a world made not of rock or ice,
but of metal.
Mission to a
Deep within the terrestrial planets, including Earth, scientists infer the presence of metallic cores, but these lie unreachably far below the planets’ rocky mantles and crusts. The asteroid Psyche offers a unique window into these building blocks of planet formation and the opportunity to investigate a previously unexplored type of world.
My first exploration of an “all-metal” world was in seventh grade. Little did I know, I’d be contributing in two different ways to a “heavy metal” NASA mission.
We reduce the amount of propellant we need to take with us on the Psyche mission by using Solar Electric Propulsion. Here’s a brief description about how electric thrusters work.
I’ve had a lot of people come up to me and say: “I’ve heard about the Psyche mission, but what does SEP mean?”
We were selected for flight January 4, 2017…what have we been doing this year?
One August morning this year I got an email saying, “Did you hear President Crow challenged the football team to perform as well as Psyche team?” What?
A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves. The Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) package aboard...
Where Are We Now?
A space mission typically has six phases, A-F. The Psyche Mission is currently in “Phase B,” which lasts until May 2019. In this phase, the mission is focused on preliminary design.