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This painting shows the Psyche asteroid in dark greys and other metallic colors, surrounded by swirling streams of purples, pinks, oranges and yellows, with the Psyche spacecraft approaching.

Psyche Inspired

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 will be posted below and highlighted on Twitter and Facebook. View the full resolution images in the image gallery.

For the 2017-2018 year, Psyche Inspired is being piloted at ASU. The opportunity will be extended beyond ASU for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Meet the Student Manager:

  • Brooke Owen

    Major: neurobiology, physiology and behavior

Meet the thirteen ASU undergraduates who were competitively selected as the inaugural Psyche Inspired interns:

 

This image shows the series of limericks in alternating colors from the Psyche mission color palette along with the Psyche logo.

Psyche Limericks

Kari Sanford

May 14, 2018

Major: engineering management

Genre/Medium: limericks

About the work: I wrote a series of limericks. Each poem’s first letter spells out “Psyche.” The limericks alternate in perspective of the asteroid and spacecraft as they chat with each other. Since limericks are short, quirky, and silly in nature, I tried to give each of the Psyche’s that personality through poetic dialogue.

Download the limericks as a PDF

This image shows the front, side, and back of a custom cereal box for

Atomic Asteroids

Jeremy Seidner

May 4, 2018

Major: computer science

Genre/Medium: illustration

About the work: This piece started out as a surrealistic concept, and was later adapted into a cereal box interpretation based on one of the sketches. The Psyche character designed for the children’s book, Psyche’s Journey to a Metal World, was used to cross project platforms. The design displays multiple marketing strategies that the food industry uses to attract shoppers, but also has educational information about the Psyche mission.

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This image shows a canvas that has pours, swirls, and dots of paint in colors of rusts, pinks, oranges, whites, greys, and silvers.

Psyche Pour No. 1

Brianna Orrill

May 3, 2018

Major: astrobiology

Genre/Medium: acrylic painting

About the work: With this piece I wanted to something unexpected. We really don’t know what Psyche will be like when we get there and it was a similar process with this painting. The acrylic pour just consists of mixing some colors together, pouring it on a canvas and letting the paint run wild. As the paint spreads and dries, new patterns emerge and spread unexpectedly. This gives each painting a unique and otherworldly feeling.

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This image shows the size of the Psyche asteroid compared to the Moon and Earth.

Psyche to Scale

Morgan Baerwaldt

April 22, 2018

Major: electrical engineering

Genre/Medium: watercolor

About the work: This piece compares the sizes of (16) Psyche to Earth and the Moon. If the Earth were the size of a small grapefruit, Psyche would be the size of a poppy seed. That’s food for thought!

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This image shows a table lamp with a custom shade made of grey painted and speckled paper in the shape of the Psyche asteroid.

Psyche Paper Lamp Shade

Nikka Bacalzo

April 17, 2018

Major: graphic design

Genre/Medium: paper and acrylic paint

About the work: This lamp shade was constructed from 11 ‘flower’ templates that I spray painted then textured with black and three different shades of matte silver acrylic paint. I decided to cut each ‘petal’ irregularly to give more texture that Psyche may have. I cut each ‘petal’ halfway through so all of the templates interlaced with each other and there was no glue necessary.

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This image shows a diorama representing the end of a telescope. Inside it is the Psyche asteroid made of grey metal being orbited by a small pink acrylic Psyche spacecraft on a copper wire. The lens of the telescope has constellations etched into it its surface.

Backyard Telescope

Caralie Cedarleaf

April 3, 2018

Major: sculpture

Genre/Medium: cast iron, acrylic, LEDs, copper wire, dichroic film, aluminum ducting

About the work: Backyard Telescope represents the accessibility of the asteroid (16) Psyche to scientists and non-scientists alike because of the Psyche Mission. Images and information collected during NASA-led missions are made available as part of the public domain, allowing amateur astronomers a chance to learn about space. This diorama returns to a childlike fascination with exploration and learning.

The asteroid in the center is cast in iron, an element in Psyche’s composition. The laser cut Psyche spacecraft orbits the asteroid on a copper wire, referencing Arizona’s role in the mission. The star patterns are designed after sculptures of the goddess Psyche from the era of the asteroid’s discovery. The dichroic film – which was developed in the late 1950s by NASA and the Department of Defense to protect sensitive instruments from cosmic radiation and to shield astronauts’ vision from unfiltered sunlight – represents the decades of great scientists and engineers who have made and continue to make space exploration possible.

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This image shows multiple panels of a young woman building a small version of the Psyche spacecraft.

Psyche Comic

Sofia Garcia

April 2, 2018

Major: painting

Genre/Medium: digital illustration

About the work: This work is a fictional story of the development of Psyche. A friendship between a human and a spacecraft, discovering what is beyond the metal world.

Download the comic book (PDF – 1.5 MB)

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This image shows the artist's rendition of the Psyche asteroid covered with words about the mission (such as

Psyche Word Cloud

Kari Sanford

March 28, 2018

Major: engineering management

Genre/Medium: word cloud

About the work: I wanted to tell the stories of the minds and hearts behind the Psyche Mission. With the team’s help, I approached scientists, engineers, journalists, and students associated with this mission and solicited their feedback. All of the words/phrases in this word cloud are their own. The most frequent, and inspiring, feedback that I saw was, ‘More than me,’ or ‘Bigger than me.’ This mission has helped people look beyond their own skillset and find ways to help others grow. Psyche has created a community through engagement: we are all connected through our pursuit of knowledge in deep space.

Special thanks to the contributors: Rona Oran | Steven Dibb | William Bottke | Tess Calvert | Dave Williams | Lindy Elkins-Tanton | Tim McCoy | Hannah L Bercovici | Brooke Owen | Mark Wieczorek | Sofia Garcia | Abigail Weibel | Karin Valentine | Erick Ramirez Cordero | Makenzie Kundrat | John Christoph | Stone Woodham | Brendan Scobie | Rachael Tjahjo | Isaac Wisdom

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This image is a collage of headshot photographs of twelve members of Psyche Inspired.

Psyche Inspired Intern Portraits

Abigail Weibel

March 27, 2018

Major: geology

Genre/Medium: photography

About the work: Headshots of (most of) the inaugural Psyche Inspired interns taken for the Psyche website. (My headshot was taken by Brooke Owen, the Psyche Inspired student manager.)

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This image shows the Psyche pop-up book upright, showing all the pages.

Psyche Pop-Up Book

Nikka Bacalzo and Anne Norenberg

March 23, 2018

Major: graphic design (Nikka); digital culture (Anne)

Genre/Medium: paper art and graphics

About the work: This informative book was a collaboration between Nikka Bacalzo and Annie Norenberg. Annie designed the pages of the book and Nikka elevated the pictures with foam core as well as added the pull-tabs and pop-ups with cardstock, cut with an X-Acto. The book outlines a little history of Psyche, its instruments, the launch date and the purpose of the mission. Dimensions are ~8″ x 7″.

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This image shows a sculpture made out of wire and LED holiday lights (pinks, reds, and blues) in the shape of the Psyche spacecraft.

Heavy Metal Light Show

Chris Vasquez

March 21, 2018

Major: drawing

Genre/Medium: wire and LED string lights

About the work: With Psyche, you never have to take down your holiday lights! Inspired by festive holiday light sculptures, I wanted to create something reminiscent of those while keeping true to the design of Psyche.

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This image shows a cross stitch version of the artist's rendition of the Psyche asteroid on a black background. It shows the possible cratering and detail of the surface.

Psyche Cross Stitch

Abigail Weibel

March 19, 2018

Major: geology

Genre/Medium: cloth and thread, 8″ x 10″

About the work: This cross stitch is based off the current artist rendering of the Psyche asteroid. I chose to exaggerate the image by using a lot of color to help it pop off the black background (and because there are only so many choices of grey thread!). If you are interested in cross-stitching your own Psyche, the pattern I created and thread color recommendations can be downloaded here:

Download the detailed pattern

Download the pattern and thread colors

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This image shows a frame of the Psyche Stop Motion video. In this frame, the Psyche spacecraft is orbiting the Psyche asteroid and the words Psyche are shown.

Psyche Stop Motion

Nikka Bacalzo

March 16, 2018

Major: graphic design

Genre/Medium: paper art stop motion film

About the work: This stop motion shows Psyche leaving Earth, passing the Moon, Mars, and a few meteoroids on its way to Psyche. All pieces were hand-cut from weighted cardstock. Dimensions of the Psyche spacecraft are 2” x 0.75”. The music is a piece called “Ideas” written by fellow Psyche Inspired intern Isaac Wisdom! Cinematography by Matthew Berger.

Watch the stop motion film 

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This image shows a sheet of paper with the Psyche logo and the ASU Open Door logo on it, along with a handwritten poem.

Psyche Poems

Kari Sanford

March 6, 2018

Major: engineering management

Genre/Medium: poetry

About the work: For the ASU Open Door public event on February 24, I wrote approximately 30 personalized poems, with space words chosen by the participants. These half-sheets also have a link to the Psyche website, coupled with coloring images of the Psyche Logo and an artist’s rendition of the asteroid. My favorite poem I wrote that day was:

Staring up high, guided by an azimuth,
I spy a star hidden in a labyrinth.

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This photograph shows a number of asteroids drawn in chalk, including mini-asteroids decorated by public visitors.

Asteroid Belt

Brianna Orrill

March 2, 2018

Major: astrobiology

Genre/Medium: chalk on concrete

About the work: In this piece I wanted to create a fun interactive piece that not only engaged the public but also shared a little history. In the ASU Asteroid Belt, I included three asteroids that humans have already visited, Eros, Vesta and Ceres, as well as Psyche, which will be visited in 2026. The public were welcome to fill in the smaller surrounding asteroids, creating an amazing mash up of imagination and creativity. ASU’s Asteroid Belt embraces the combination of science and art, just like the Psyche Inspired program does.

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This is a screenshot of the sheet music composition entitled Journey.

Journey

Isaac Wisdom

February 22, 2018

Major: music and electrical engineering

Genre/Medium: composition

About the work: Journey is a piece I wrote to capture the feelings of the Psyche probe’s journey to its namesake, the asteroid Psyche. My inspiration came from the balance between the solemn yet dignified solitude the probe will experience and the knowledge that ultimately, it is coming from a place of great knowledge and going somewhere to accomplish something greater. I had assistance from Dr. Rockmaker of ASU’s School of Music, who guided me through the specifics of classically oriented composition. The form of my piece was inspired by the exposition of a typical sonata, featuring a first theme in Db major, a second theme in Ab major, and ending with a recapitulation back in Db. The cover art was designed and illustrated by fellow Psyche Inspired intern Brianna Orrill.

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This image shows the back of a young person seated at a desk with the Psyche spacecraft and asteroid above and a swirl of colors (golds, oranges, purples, and pinks) surrounding them.

Many Minds

Sofia Garcia

February 21, 2018

Major: painting

Genre/Medium: digital illustration

About the work: This is a work reflecting the many minds that make the Psyche mission. It all began somewhere. The inspiration and motivation to live out what is beyond human comprehension. This is based off a story I created for the Psyche mission. Young minds inspired to live out the unimaginable.

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This work is in the format of an eye chart. The words are biggest on top and then get progressively smaller. The words are: Psyche, Metal World, Iron Core, Dense, Protoplanetary Core, Journey to a Metal Word, Multispectral Imager, Gamma Ray and Neutron Spectrometer, Magnetometer, and Deep Space Optical Communication.

Psyche Eye Chart

Anne Norenberg

February 20, 2018

Major: digital culture (design)

Genre/Medium: digital illustration
About the work: This work was inspired by Luke Dubois’ Hindsight is Always 20/20 project. I made a Psyche Stylized Snellen eye chart, which helps determine a patient’s eyesight from the ability to measure the distance from the chart while reading the letters. I also took words that were important to the Psyche mission and included them as the lines on the eye chart. Download the full PDF.

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This image shows a close-up of a large crater on the Psyche asteroid with a dark starfield behind it.

Psyche Perspective

Brianna Orrill

February 19, 2018

Major: astrobiology

Genre/Medium: watercolor

About the work: This is a painting of the asteroid inspired by the artist rendition in most of Psyche’s videos. The piece is from the perspective of the spacecraft as it is coming over one side of the asteroid. I used watercolor, with a special focus on some metallic watercolors to create the metallic feel for the asteroid.

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Cover for the children's book

Psyche’s Journey to a Metal World

Caralie Cedarleaf (Text), Jeremy Seidner & Chris Vasquez (Illustrations), & John Domenico (Story Concept)

February 16, 2018

Majors: sculpture (Caralie); computer science (Jeremy); drawing (Chris); ceramics/materials science (John)

Genre/Medium: creative writing and digital illustration

About the work: This children’s coloring book tells the story of Psyche’s journey. Download and print the full book to color the pages yourself:
Psyche’s Journey to a Metal World
(PDF: Regular – 3MB / Large – 39MB)

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This is a screenshot of the blog post showing the title and the opening text.

Kari’s Psyche-dellic Experiences

Kari Sanford

February 13, 2018

Major: engineering management

Genre/Medium: blog

About the work: My first exploration of an “all-metal” world was in seventh grade. It started with Iced Earth and Testament, but I quickly found a favorite with Metallica’s “Wherever I May Roam.” Little did I know, I’d be contributing in two different ways to a “heavy metal” NASA mission that would send a probe roaming through space. Read the blog.

This image shows a large, puffy, silvery custom Mylar balloon with craters and markings drawn on it.

Mylar Psyche

Chris Vasquez

February 8, 2018

Major: drawing

Genre/Medium: Mylar and drawing

About the work: I created a custom Psyche asteroid Mylar balloon so you have the opportunity to see the metal body floating through space. Your party has never been more metal!

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This image shows an oval ceramic vessel with a lid. The glaze is a mix of tans, dark reds, and browns with streaks that are prominent near the base. The lid has a textured knob on top.

Iron

John Domenico

February 6, 2018

Major: ceramics/materials science (double major)

Genre/Medium: stoneware

About the work: I find it intriguing to think about how the element iron exists in space compared to its presence on Earth. Iron on Earth, in the presence of oxygen, naturally oxidizes. These oxide states of iron have a vast array of color possibilities ranging from red to brown to yellow to black. The exterior of this piece reflects on the spectrum of color we are familiar with in reference to iron. The form then adds a layer of curiosity in that, as a lidded vessel, there is an interior surface that is hidden from the viewer. This introduces the kind of unknown that I associate with Psyche. What will be the state of the iron on Psyche be?

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This image shows the Psyche zine folded up into an eight-page black and white miniature book.

Psyche Zine

Megan Bromley

February 5, 2018

Major: biogeoscience and English

Genre/Medium: paper and ink

About the work: This work is a one-page ‘zine’ about Psyche that anyone can make and read. It is printed all on one side of a page and, when folded correctly, makes a small 8-page book. There are both images and written facts and poetry about Psyche. It is designed in black and white so the reader can color it and add their own art to it. Download and print out the zine, then watch a video to see how to fold it into a book.

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This image shows the word

Psyche Paper Quilling

Nikka Bacalzo

January 31, 2018

Major: graphic design

Genre/Medium: paper quilling

About the work: I outlined the word Psyche with white cardstock and chose colors similar to the Psyche logo to fill in the letters. I chose to run the yellow colors through the middle of each letter, and surround the letters with white wavy pieces to create more movement, since Psyche will be orbiting! I also included Psyche the asteroid in between the “Y” and “C” as a focal point. Dimensions: 17″ x 6″.

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This image shows a black background with white line drawn images of the Psyche asteroid and the Psyche spacecraft and the words 'Journey to a Metal World.'

Psyche Out of the Dark

Morgan Baerwaldt

January 23, 2018

Major: electrical engineering

Genre/Medium: vector drawing

About the work: This project was made in Inkscape, an open source vector drawing program. The idea behind the piece was to show both Psyches, and to evoke the idea that even as the spacecraft approaches, we will still be in the dark, so to speak, about the nature of Psyche the asteroid. The high contrast brings out the excitement building towards the spacecraft’s eventual arrival.

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This painting shows a sculpture of a woman in a white gown holding a black orb with markings on it and standing in front of a larger orb in pinks and reds. The border of the image is in orange and black. In the background are lightly-painted images of doves.

Psyche the Goddess

Jeremy Seidner

January 16, 2018

Major: computer science

Genre/Medium: watercolor

About the work: For this piece, I used a blend of Greek and Art Deco themes to portray the goddess Psyche holding the metal asteroid named after her. The Psyche spacecraft is also hidden in the design. The color scheme is taken from the Psyche mission logo. The piece is symbolic, including the sun presiding over the galaxy and the butterfly, which Aristotle named Psyche (ψυχή), the Greek word for the soul. The eyes are the window to the soul for some, so the goddess’ face is blank except for her eyes, a mirror for anyone to gaze at and see themselves. The goddess’ lover, Eros (better known by his Roman name, Cupid) is represented by his wings near the sun. Zeus made Psyche immortal and is represented by his Roman name, Jupiter. Ionic columns were used in the temples to the gods of ancient Greece, who drank ambrosia, the nectar of the gods, brought to them by doves.

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This is a screenshot taken from the video performance of 'Construction' showing the composer, Isaac Wisdom, playing all six parts.

Construction

Isaac Wisdom

January 8, 2018

Major: music and culture

Genre/Medium: composition and performance

About the work: ‘Construction’ is my interpretation of the build process for the construction of the Psyche spacecraft. The tune is upbeat and happy, which I feel fits the emotions the technicians will feel as they fit together the pieces that will become Psyche. Along with the written score is a live recording and a music video where I play the parts of the piece. This video features me playing the trumpet, trombone, alto and tenor saxophone, upright bass, and piano. I recorded and edited the music using Apple’s GarageBand software, and I created the video using Adobe’s Premiere Pro CC software. Download the score and parts (PDF, 5MB); watch the video of the performance.

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This image shows a stylized drawing of the Psyche spacecraft entering into orbit around the Psyche asteroid. The colors are deep blues and bright pinks and oranges. The words on the poster say Psyche Orbital Insertion.

Hypercolor Psyche

Chris Vasquez

January 3, 2018

Major: drawing

Genre/Medium: illustration in Photoshop

About the work: This rendition of Psyche is based on the neon hypercolor, ultra-futuristic styling of 80’s movie posters and artwork. It depicts the portion of the mission in which the Psyche spacecraft will enter into orbit around the Psyche asteroid, gathering information while in an optimal zone to do so.

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This work is in the format of a movie poster, with the title: Coming in 2022: Psyche Mission. There is a large question mark made of flames above the artist's conception of the asteroid, which forms the base of the question mark.

Coming in 2022: Psyche Mission

Anne Norenberg

December 21, 2017

Major: digital culture (design)

Genre/Medium: illustration in Photoshop

About the work: For this project I created a Psyche Mission movie poster to highlight the curiosity of the mission. I created flames depicting a question mark with the Psyche asteroid as the period of the question mark to show the mystery and endpoint of the mission.

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This painting shows the Psyche asteroid in dark greys and other metallic colors, surrounded by swirling streams of purples, pinks, oranges and yellows, with the Psyche spacecraft approaching.

Surreal Psyche

Sofia Garcia

December 14, 2017

Major: painting

Genre/Medium: painting

About the work: This work is inspired by the colors of the Psyche mission badge and the overall journey of the Psyche mission. This reflects all the people who have put in the time to push for the future of this mission.

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This image shows a black paper background onto which has been painted an artist's rendition of the Psyche asteroid using thousands of tiny white dots.

Star Dust

Jeremy Seidner

December 13, 2017

Major: computer science

Genre/Medium: pointillism

About the work: This piece portrays the darkness of space and the loneliness of Psyche, even within the asteroid belt: a black sheet of poster board stippled with white ink. To serve as a model for the possible shapes and textures of the asteroid, I used a chunk of iron to mimic the nickel-iron core. A pointillism style felt appropriate to serve as a metaphor that the asteroid, like all of us, is made up of ‘star dust’.

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This image shows a blog of silver-ish metal that has parts that looks like they are liquid, running away from the center and small bumps, ridges, and waves on the surface.

Metal World

Caralie Cedarleaf

December 8, 2017

Major: sculpture

Genre/Medium: metal

About the work: Metal World is a speculative iron landscape that could be found on 16 Psyche. This speculative landscape started as a layer of burn-out wax from the Foundry at the School of Art at ASU. Wax that is burned out drops several feet onto a pool of water and is collected for reuse. The result is organic in shape and resembles aspects of planetary geology such as impact cratering and volcanism. Wax is melted out of ceramic shells, which is the final step before pouring molten metal. One day we may start mining in space and, in this future, it is possible that traditional foundries will still be making art by modeling in wax and burning it out before casting in iron and other metals from far away asteroids.

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This 3D book is made with 23 separate cut-outs of the Psyche asteroid in a mottled gray, suspended in white frames that have stars, arrows, and the Psyche spacecraft on them. When the spine of the book is inverted, it makes a 3D cylinder.

Psyche 3D Book

Nikka Bacalzo

December 7, 2017

Major: graphic design

Genre/Medium: paper and watercolor

About the work: The Psyche 3D book is intended to inform viewers of one of the mission goals: to explore a world made of metal. I originally saw this idea from artist Yusuke Ono who has done these 3D books for Mt. Fuji and also stories like Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. I ended up creating 20 templates of the Psyche shape, used watercolor to show varying textures, folded each template, glued them together, then strung them in order for them to fan out evenly when you open the book.

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This image shows a small 3D model of the Psyche spacecraft that was printed in black PLA plastic. It is approximately 18 inches long, 5 inches wide, and 2 inches high.

Psyche Spacecraft 3D Model

Anne Norenberg

December 6, 2017

Major: digital culture (design)

Genre/Medium: 3D design and printing

About the work: For my first Project, I created a 3D model and 3D-printed model of the Psyche spacecraft using AutoDesk Fusion 360. I constructed the model in three different parts so that it is a buildable model. I printed the Psyche spacecraft on a Makerbot 3rd Generation printer and the material is PLA plastic. The model of the spacecraft is to scale and includes the body of the spacecraft and the two solar panels. Download and print the file from Thingiverse.

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This image shows a young child intently coloring in the Psyche badge.

Psyche For Kids

Kari Sanford

December 4, 2017

Major: engineering management

Genre/Medium: lyrics and graphic design

About the work: These two works are designed to engage younger students in the mission. The song, called “Beep, Boop, Beep, Boop Asteroid,” about finding Psyche, is set to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Download the lyrics and listen to a recording. The coloring sheet is an outline of the ASU Psyche badge: Download the coloring sheet.

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This photograph shows the full-size Psyche spacecraft outline drawn in sidewalk chalk. The bus (body) was completed by the artist, Brianna, but individual squares on the solar panels were filled in by children and visitors with any space image they chose.

Psyche Street Art

Brianna Orrill

November 30, 2017

Major: astrobiology

Genre/Medium: chalk on concrete

About the work: I created street art for ASU’s Earth and Space Exploration Day on November 18th. This piece contained half of the Psyche satellite, with accurate dimensions to show the public the size. I filled in the entirety of the bus (body) of the spacecraft. For the solar panels, however, I invited kids (of all ages!) at the event to participate: Each person got a small cup of chalk and a square foot to draw any image of space that they wanted.

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This greyscale line drawing shows the Psyche asteroid in the center with diagrams of the various parts of the spacecraft floating in orbit around it.

The Heart of Psyche

Chris Vasquez

November 29, 2017

Major: drawing

Genre/Medium: illustration in Photoshop

About the work: For this project I created an illustration depicting both Psyche the asteroid and Psyche the spacecraft. I drew the latter as an exploded diagram, with all the pieces orbiting/surrounding the asteroid as if it were the heart of the spacecraft. I intend to portray the importance and reason for the mission at a glance while also acknowledging the complexity of work being put in by all involved parties.

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This 8 panel pop-art poster shows a stylized drawing of the Psyche spacecraft in the colors of the Psyche badge (purples, pinks, and oranges).

Psyche Pop

Morgan Baerwaldt

November 21, 2017

Major: electrical engineering

Genre/Medium: digital drawing

About the work: I created an 8-panel Warhol/pop art-inspired drawing of Psyche in orbit. The image features a repeated image of the spacecraft drawn with a bright, limited color palette. I used Inkscape to draw a very basic vector outline of the Psyche spacecraft and played around with using the Psyche acolor palette.

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This painting on glass uses metallic colors of silvers, whites, grays, and rusts in abstract orb shapes.

Mixed Metallic

Abigail Weibel

November 19, 2017

Major: geology

Genre/Medium: acrylic paint on glass, 13.5″ x 17″

About the work: This painting was inspired by the color palettes of the current artist rendering of the asteroid and my fellow Psyche interns’ recent artworks. It seemed fitting to me to create an abstract piece that allowed for greater interpretation and imagination, similar to the interpretations that are resulting from the small amount of data we currently have on Psyche.

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This is a screenshot of the sheet music composition entitled Ideas.

Ideas

Isaac Wisdom

November 18, 2017

Major: music and culture

Genre/Medium: composition

About the work: Ideas is a piece I wrote for a mallet ensemble that was inspired by the feelings and emotions that might have been felt by the person or group of people as they were first conceptualizing Psyche. In addition to writing out each part, I also specified how the ensemble should be set up. Certain instruments are meant to be on either the left or the right side, which allowed me to write the music with interest to the spatial relation between instruments. Interpretation of music is always subjective, of course, but hopefully you will feel the curiosity, wonder, and excitement that was present during the conception of Psyche, and that I convey through this piece.

Listen to the piece

Download the score (5.6 MB)

This piece is based on the Japanese art style of Notan, in which designs are cut into black paper and reflected to the outside, creating a mirror image. This piece is the shape of the Psyche spacecraft filled with other space exploration images.

A History of Space Exploration

Brianna Orrill

November 17, 2017

Major: astrobiology

Genre/Medium: paper

About the work: This piece is based on the Japanese art style of Notan, which focuses on stark contrasts. Designs and shapes are cut into black paper and reflected to the outside, creating a mirror image. The piece takes the overall shape of the Psyche spacecraft, while cut into the main structure is the history of space exploration. In this piece you can see: Goddard’s first fuel rocket, Sputnik, the first human space flight, a Saturn rocket used for the Apollo missions, the lunar landing, Skylab I, the Space Shuttle, Mir, the Hubble telescope, the International Space Station, Voyager, the Spirit rover, the Curiosity rover, and finally Psyche, the next step in our exploration of space.

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This painting shows a pixelated grey and metallic Psyche asteroid suspended in black space. Painted, pixelated lines of purples, pinks, and greys stripe horizontally across the asteroid.

Pixelated Psyche

Sofia Garcia

November 15, 2017

Major: painting

Genre/Medium: watercolor pencils on cold-pressed watercolor paper

About the work: I incorporated the pixelated image from the latest radar observations of Psyche for the inspiration in my image. Psyche is still so unfamiliar to us, this is my interpretation. The thought of discovering the unknown and the pieces that we need to put together.

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There are two white pieces made of layers of paper with different cut-outs, separated and framed by foam core. Each is lit from behind: One represents the asteroid's discovery in 1852 and one represents the mission's arrival at the asteroid in 2026.

Psyche: Then and Now

Nikka Bacalzo

November 14, 2017

Major: graphic design

Genre/Medium: white cardstock paper, foam core

About the work: These two pieces that I cut with an X-Acto blade show the “then” and “now” of Psyche. I layered multiple different cut-outs, separated and framed by foam core, to create the final piece. The Psyche asteroid was named after a Greek goddess, which inspired the idea of hands presenting the asteroid, as well as the wings she had that float behind. Fast forward-ing to 2026, the expected arrival date of the Psyche spacecraft, the second piece includes people looking through a telescope at Psyche, as well as Jupiter and Mars, which are near Psyche. Dimensions: 8.5” x 6”.

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Two posters made from brightly-colored transparent acrylic cut and fit together; one shows the Psyche spacecraft, the other the asteroid. A colorful image is cast behind each poster when lit from one side.

Psyche Acrylic Pop Art Posters

Caralie Cedarleaf

November 12, 2017

Major: sculpture

Genre/Medium: transparent acrylic

About the work: The Psyche Mission is possible today because of NASA’s work in the late 50’s into the early 60’s and 70’s. Inspired by the Pop Art Movement that thrived during those decades, the Psyche Posters celebrate that era of advancement. Details were cut from transparent acrylic; brightly colored solid pieces fit together with the detail pieces. A colorful image is cast behind each poster when lit from one side.

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This four-panel watercolor shows the imagined launch of the Psyche spacecraft, with a large group of young children and adults watching the launch with excitement.

Launch Day

Jeremy Seidner

November 7, 2017

Major: computer science

Genre/Medium: watercolor pencils on cold-pressed watercolor paper

About the work: This piece aims to convey the excitement of the Psyche mission to the public, like the excitement we feel as children. While brainstorming layout ideas, I couldn’t decide on one, so I decided to incorporate all four of them into one large piece. This not only added more creativity, but also provided different perspectives of what it may look like on launch day. I chose to use a watercolor technique and cartoon-looking children for the piece because I felt the two styles relate with the child in all of us.

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This work shows 16 black-and-white pixelated images overlaid with a poem made from words cut from newspapers.

(16) Psyche

Megan Bromley

November 4, 2017

Major: biogeoscience/English (double major)

Genre/Medium: ink-printed paper, cellophane tape

About the work: This work underscores the mysterious nature of the asteroid and the importance of the mission. It emphasizes that our current images and predictions about the asteroid are useful, but ultimately can be distortions, not unlike the images I’ve made. Exploration attempts to reconcile this divide between reality and knowledge. To create this work, I converted a pixelated image of (16) Psyche into a sound file, applied 16 different combinations of sound filters to the file, converted those 16 results back to image files, and added each edit as a tile in a larger grid of 16 images. Taped over the top is an accompanying collage poem.

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This series of four images shows the making of the papier mache model of the Psyche asteroid, from generic, lumpy shape to finished, detailed asteroid model.

Papier Mache Psyche

Chris Vasquez and Kari Sanford

October 30, 2017

Major: drawing (Chris); engineering management (Kari)

Genre/Medium: wire, foam, paper

About the work: For this project we made a replica of the Psyche asteroid roughly the size of a laundry basket. We used a papier mache technique in order to achieve this goal, using wire, foam, and paper. This provides a tangible way for people to “interact” with the asteroid.

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This image shows elements of the Psyche spacecraft compared against everyday items.

How big will the Psyche spacecraft be?

Morgan Baerwaldt

October 27, 2017

Major: electrical engineering

Genre/Medium: felt-tip ink pens and watercolor on cold press watercolor paper

About the work: I figured that a visual comparison would probably help people imagine the size of the craft more than the descriptions alone. School buses are a really common, relatable size, so I chose to use those for the first two illustrations. I added in a six foot tall bus driver, who is clearly very confused about why the Psyche bus is sitting next to his bus, to make the drawing more fun and add more context. I chose to show Psyche sitting on top of a tennis court. While not every body knows the where the singles lines are on a tennis court, most people have seen a tennis court and can see the relationship. It turns out that a standard interior door, something that most people probably walk through every day, is nearly exactly the height of Psyche’s booms and antenna reflector. I used felt-tip ink pens and watercolor on cold press watercolor paper. I drew it in pencil, inked over it in pen, erased extra marks, and then watercolored over that.

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This image shows a circular ceramic platter. The center is grey with swirls and bubbles. The rim is black with three lines in colors of yellows, oranges, and purples.

Psyche in Orbit

John Domenico

October 27, 2017

Major: ceramics/materials science (double major)

Genre/Medium: stoneware, iron thermite glaze

About the work: As a double major in Materials Science & Engineering and Ceramic Fine Arts I am especially interested in the underlying composition of things. Given that Psyche (the asteroid) is believed to be primarily iron and nickel, I felt that I had a unique opportunity to explore a glaze that utilizes the thermite reaction to create a surface that is primarily raw iron. The texture on this platter is a product of the thermite reaction and is an interpretation of an iron body in space. On the black, space-like rim, the colors of the Psyche mission stand out to allude to the Psyche (spacecraft) in orbit. This is all contained on a large piece of fired clay—which, in a way, “brings it back to Earth.” As a fun fact, the viewer will notice an orange/red blushing on the platter. This is because, unlike in space, on Earth metals oxidize rather quickly. Thus, the orange/red tint is the raw iron on the surface of the platter oxidizing. Over time there will be more of the color as the iron continues to oxidize. Dimensions: 25″ x 25″ x 3.5″.

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This is a photograph of a woman looking outwards and upwards. The background is gray and black and there are painted stripes of yellow, orange, red, and purple along one side. The woman's outline is accentuated and her eyes are obscured with white paint.

Curious

Abigail Weibel

October 27, 2017

Major: geology

Genre/Medium: acrylic paint on canvas print photograph, 10″ x 13″

About the work: Curiosity is the theme for this piece. To signify this I chose to position the model looking outwards and upwards. The color gray is representative of the unknown, black of space, and brighter colors of the new information we will gain through the Psyche mission. Curiosity is innate in all humans and does not belong to one type of person. I chose to emphasize this by providing the model some anonymity by covering her eyes and to further accentuate her line of sight.

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