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.
Steps taken by NASA, the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, and Caltech, to put the Psyche mission on track for an October 2023 launch have been outstanding, according...
NASA’s Psyche mission, which will explore a metal-rich asteroid of the same name, is on track to launch in October 2023 after a one-year delay to complete critical testing. The launch period...
NASA’s Psyche spacecraft is shown in a clean room on Dec. 8, 2022, at Astrotech Space Operations Facility near the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft was powered on...
NASA and the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California, which leads Psyche, shared a response Friday to the results of an independent review board convened to determine...
NASA will host a community townhall at 12 p.m. EDT on Friday, Nov. 4, followed by a media teleconference at 1 p.m. to discuss the findings and recommendations of a report by the Psyche mission...
NASA announced Friday the agency decided its Psyche mission will go forward, targeting a launch period opening on Oct. 10, 2023. Read the news release
Where Are We Now?
A space mission typically has six phases, A-F. The Psyche mission is currently in “Phase D.” In this phase, the mission is focused on instrument and spacecraft assembly, testing and launch.