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.
While the spacecraft and instruments of the NASA Psyche Mission are being designed and built in preparation for launch to the Psyche asteroid in 2022, the mission management team at Arizona...
Psyche Inspired was piloted at ASU during the 2017-2018 academic year. Psyche Inspired was expanded nationally during the 2018-2019 academic year. The works from the 2018-2019 Psyche Inspired...
I started working on meteorites more than three decades ago and quickly fell in love with iron meteorites. These were samples of the great inaccessible layer of any planet or asteroid that ever...
What rocks from space teach us about our solar system and ourselves When I was 15 years old, I saw the Perseid meteor shower for the first time. Having grown up in urban, light-polluted Los Angeles,...
I remember vividly the raw, visceral emotions of seeing ultrasound images of my son and daughter long before they were born. It felt like getting a glimpse behind the scenes as something truly...
Listen to Season 2, Episode 6 of NASA’s “On a Mission” podcast about “The Prospects of Heavy Metal.” Listen to the podcast
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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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/s9B3GjRwBp24 Jan 2020