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This image shows two glowing arcs flowing from a crowd into the Psyche spacecraft.

Psyche Inspired


Monica Moreno

January 27, 2019

Major: Jewelry/Metalworking

Genre/Medium: mixed media sculpture

About the work: There are multiple layers to people, rosebuds, and things much larger in size, like the planet that we live on. This mixed media sculpture speaks of the importance and purpose of studying the Psyche asteroid– for us humans to perhaps discover what is at the center of Earth, past its crust, and mantle.

My sculpture showcases my own artistic interpretation of what a planet that has collided with another object might look like. It is made of recycled materials, including plastic, wood, paper, and pewter that I carved, melted, and sculpted. The planet is held by a painted clay hand. The Psyche Mission itself is intriguing to me, but I feel like I have to take as many opportunities as possible during my Psyche Inspired internship to tie a human aspect to the Psyche asteroid and the creation and launch of the Psyche spacecraft. To me, the people working on the mission are just as intriguing as the mission itself.

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 Brooke Owen is the student manager of Psyche Inspired, assisted by ASU undergraduate Kaxandra Nessi. This year’s Psyche Inspired cohort is known as the Cobalt Class.

Read a feature about Psyche Inspired in Eos.

Psyche Inspired was piloted at ASU during the 2017-2018 academic year. The works from the 2017-2018 Psyche Inspired cohort (known as the Titanium Class) are collected in a downloadable book that tells the story of Psyche through musical scores, sculptures, painting, 3-D models, photography, acrylic art, needlepoint, stop-motion films, and mixed media.

Psyche Inspired was expanded nationally during the 2018-2019 academic year. The works from the 2018-2019 Psyche Inspired cohort (known as the Iron Class) are also available in a downloadable book.

Current Student Collaborations Participants

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


Student Collaborations Participants