This piece is a simple representation of Psyche with an emphasis on rays of light surrounding the asteroid. The rays extending out from Psyche represent the many different angles from which the asteroid will be observed and analyzed. Lines from varoious angles are drawn to show the Psyche asteroid in all its glory.

Taste of Space

Cameryn Laborte

May 6, 2021

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Genre/Medium: meringues

About the work: As I near the end of my time in Psyche Inspired, I realized how the mission to Psyche still has further to go, yet it takes its time to celebrate its milestones. It reminded me of how one takes a coffee break to recharge before pushing onward. Thus, I was inspired to make a Psyche treat that can be enjoyed at every coffee break and milestone: meringues. I modeled the meringues after the spacecraft and asteroid, making them small enough so they could float in a latte together.

To make the meringues: mix 180 grams of sugar into 120 grams of egg whites in a double boiler until the sugar is dissolved (the texture is not gritty between your fingers). Add some vanilla extract and mix with whisk attachments on high speed for about 8-10 minutes (almost stiff peaks). Separate the mixture into bowls and mix in coloring. Transfer to piping bags and pipe designs onto parchment paper/silicon mat. Bake in an oven set to 200 F for 1.5 hours.

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. Brooke Owen was the former student manager from 2017-2019. This year’s Psyche Inspired cohort is known as the Nickel 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 tells the story of Psyche through musical scores, sculptures, painting, 3-D models, photography, acrylic art, needlepoint, stop-motion films, and mixed media.

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