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.
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
On July 19, Psyche’s independent review board met for the first time. The focus is on understanding technical issues that led to the delay, how the risk of delay was or was not understood...
NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have commissioned an independent review to examine project and institutional issues that led to the Psyche mission missing...
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.