3 artworks depicting Psyche’s hypothesized creation, our ideation, and the launch of the Psyche spacecraft. The first is an abstracted version of Psyche in its creation: flames and fragments appear as it may have looked like when Psyche formed. The second is a hand reaching and wrapping around the asteroid, with strands wrapping around the hand and the asteroid together. The third shows a spacecraft coming from Earth towards Psyche.

Psyche Inspired

Arriving at (16) Psyche

Josh Meister

November 22, 2021

Major: Computer Graphics Technology

Genre/Medium: Digital Poster: SideFX Houdini, Adobe Substance, Adobe Photoshop, and Blender.

About the work: For this project, my goal was to provide my spin on a visually realistic display of the Psyche orbiter’s first encounter with (16) Psyche, as if viewed by a nearby observer in space. To create this scene, I utilized 3D geometry from Peter Rubin and Maxar Technologies as bases for the asteroid and orbiter respectively. I then spent time detailing and texture-painting these models with my own take on visual realism before composing and lighting the final scene.

Peter Rubin’s 3D-printable asteroid model can be found here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2373526.

Maxar Technologies’ orbiter model can be found here: https://nasa3d.arc.nasa.gov/detail/psyche-5-panel.

Psyche Inspired Overview

Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students from any discipline or major together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public in new ways through artistic and creative works. These works are posted in the gallery above and highlighted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. View the full resolution images in the image gallery. ASU undergraduate Kaxandra Nessi is the student manager of Psyche Inspired, assisted by ASU undergraduate Tyler Burnside as deputy manager. Brooke Owen was the former student manager from 2017-2019. This year’s Psyche Inspired cohort is known as the Copper Class.

Read a feature about Psyche Inspired in Eos.

Psyche Inspired was piloted at ASU during the 2017-2018 academic year. The following academic year, Psyche Inspired expanded nationally! The works from each Psyche Inspired cohort are collected in individual downloadable books that tell the story of Psyche through musical scores, sculptures, painting, 3-D models, photography, acrylic art, needlepoint, stop-motion films, mixed media, and more.

Click here to view all the Psyche Inspired books

Take a look at our map that shows how the Psyche Inspired program has grown over the years!

Current Student Collaborations Participants

View a list of the students, faculty, staff, and mentors currently involved in Psyche Student Collaborations.


Student Collaborations Participants