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 space missions like Psyche collect data (images, spectra, etc) and send the data back to Earth, but what then? That’s where my job comes in as the Manager of the Psyche Science Data Center...
The very first meeting I went to in my first job out of school was a “configuration meeting” (an engineering design meeting) for a huge telecommunications satellite called Multi-Media Asia....
NASA has selected SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, to provide launch services for the agency’s Psyche mission.
Do you know what the engineering process is and how it is used? Watch this video to learn how scientists and engineers tackle real world problems and come up with new innovative solutions.
Looking for a fun holiday craft? Check out our Gingerbread Spacecraft! This activity is designed to engage younger minds in to the mission and get them excited about visiting a new metal world!...
Watch this video to learn about the engineering process and see how it is implemented in real life with the NASA Psyche Mission!
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.