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Psyche Asteroid

to launch

For the first time ever, we are
exploring a world made not of rock or ice,
but of metal.

Image of the psyche spacecraft. Shows the plus shaped panels attached to the

Mission to a
Metal World

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.

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About Psyche Mission

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Where Are We Now?

A space mission typically has six phases, A-F. The Psyche Mission is currently in “Phase C,” which lasts until January 2021. In this phase, the mission is focused on final design and subsystem fabrication, assembly, and testing.

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Experience the Timeline

Get Involved with Psyche

NASA Psyche Mission
@NASAPsyche

Oh my goddess! 👑 @NASAPsyche Inspired intern & @ucsantabarbara student, Joyce Tsui, made this digital painting! ✨ She says: “After the asteroid collisions destroyed the outer layer, Goddess Psyche is born lying on the core w/ crystallization of hypothesized materials emerging.” https://t.co/s9B3GjRwBp

24 Jan 2020